The U.S. and China: Uncomfortable bedmates

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Huanqiu, People's Republic of China

Before Preaching to Other Nations, the United States Must Reform Itself


Is it time for the United States to stop standing up for human rights and democratic reform in other nations and start taking its own advice at home? According to this article by fictitious Communist Party columnist Ding Gang, U.S. presidents should stop inflaming China by meeting the Dalai Lama and selling weapons to democratic Taiwan and start figuring out how the U.S. fits into the 21st century world.


By Senior Correspondent Ding Gang [丁刚]*


Translated By Sarah Chan


August 7, 2011


People's Republic of China - Huanqiu - Original Article (Chinese)

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The world has a country that is always very keen to promote political reform in other countries. It likes to help other nations design road maps for political reform, because it believes its own politics are supreme. The problems of other countries all appear tied to their political systems, while the problems of this country have nothing to do with its political system. The country in question is the United States of America.


They use their own political rules to compete with other countries and force others to accept the way they play the game domestically. One might say that from the beginning, this competition has been unfair.


For example, a few days ago President Obama met the Dalai Lama at the White House. Didn't the U.S. government know that this would seriously damage China-U.S. relations? Apparently not. This is the kind of morality that the White House practices. But the White House doesn't have the final say - particularly one in such a disadvantaged position. Today, deeply entangled in domestic and foreign affairs difficulties, the Obama Administration can only do what Congress members allow it to do.


On the surface, it would appear that such a balance would be conducive to U.S. national interests. But in fact, because the government is so constrained and has such difficulty moving ahead, how does this fit into the long-term interests of the United States? Congressional bickering over the debt ceiling is illustrative. During these "passionate" debates by Congressional politicians, people watched as they advocated on behalf of their respective interest groups rather than the long-term interests of the people - let alone those of the rest of the world. As was stated in an editorial from Britain's Financial Times, "this is an astonishing, deplorable and unacceptable way for the U.S. to conduct its affairs."


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Voting and Congressional politics constrains the White House from achieving its political vision and inhibits its decision-making power, making the U.S. administration increasingly vulnerable. This has fully exposed the dilemma of the United States political system. If this problem isn't resolved, U.S. leaders will continue to do things like meet the Dalai Lama and sell weapons to Taiwan, demonstrating that the U.S. does not regard China as a true partner.


Whenever such incidents have occurred, there has always been lots of U.S. media commentary that concluded, simply put, that these are issues dictated by American politics, Congress is under pressure, and there is little Washington can do to change it. Yet that is where the commentary stopped, which is tantamount to saying: "This is American politics. Whether you like it or not, you have to accept it."


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That is unfair and ensures the instability of China-U.S. relations. Looked at from the diverse and multi-tiered development of China-U.S. relations over recent years, it is time for the U.S. to radically change and break "tradition." China's growth and development unequivocally demonstrates that continuing this American political tradition it no longer feasible for the conduct and improvement of China-U.S. relations. The U.S has reached the point that it must reform its political system and break its so-called political traditions in order to adapt to an increasingly powerful China.



Doesnt the United States always find fault with the human rights and political systems of developing countries? Instead of being so concerned with promoting political reform in other nations, why doesn't the U.S. follow its own advice, take its medicine and help itself? That would perhaps do the most to help strengthen America's "soft power."


*According to The Washington Post, the author of this article, Ding Gang, is frequently assigned to analyses particularly important to the Beijing leadership. Chinese journalists say they believe it is a pen name used by senior editors or other party propaganda officials to convey official points of view.



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