Westerners burden China with responsibility

14:54, July 30, 2010      

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There has been a sudden rise in the number of varied versions of the "China economic responsibility". It seems as if all "hard nuts" in the world were related to China and it were only up to China to "crack" them.

The "China economic responsibility" does not mean a new theory but a sort of the "mirror" to show Westerners' recognition of China in the new situation and it is essentially the same kind of stuff with uncertainty on China's development as some Westerners have often referred to.

For a long time, some Westerners have set forth a basic definition for China's development: Not to let China rebuild a set order and in the meanwhile to prevent China from sabotaging the existing system. And the best solution is, however, to let China assume more responsibility in maintaining the existing system. If China does otherwise, that would mean "irresponsibility". The strategic point of the "China economic responsibility" lies in the very attempt of some Western figures to harness or "hitch up" China under the name of responsibility.

China's integration into the world is acceptable to the West. Moreover, it is up to China to integrate into the Western-led world system and assume more duty or responsibilities, which Westerners are unwilling or unable to shoulder. To put it bluntly, Westerners very much want to shirk off their burden and let people of China carry for them. This is particularly true to the United States and its intention is obvious due to the global financial crisis and its own decline in strength.

The existing international setup, nevertheless, cannot do without the participation of China and other new emerging nations with its rapid development and growing might and especially when China was strong enough to stand rock-firm and contribute in pulling the world economic recovery.

So, some Westerners have begun worrying with a deep "sense of loss": Will China with an ample, great growth potential can ultimately enable itself to overtake them and proceed to do away with the existing West-dominated system? And will this practice lead to more losses to Western interests? This psychological anguish, which they have failed to discard for decades when dealing with China, have now started to relapse.

With the understanding of this essential point, it is easier to get to know why there are more assertions on "China economic irresponsibility" fallacy at the time when China has taken up more and greater responsibilities than ever before, and China's frictions with the West also lessen.

By People's Daily Online and its author is PD senior editor Ding Gang


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