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Anxiety, paranoia lead to US shooting from the hip

(Global Times)

09:16, February 06, 2012

The Munich Security Conference (MSC), known as the Davos of Defense, ended yesterday after three days of discussion on current and prospective security policy challenges.

On a panel themed "America, Europe and the Rise of Asia" on Saturday, US Senator John McCain created a stir by tearing into China's Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun on a wide range of topics from China's human rights record and "repression" of the Tibetans to China's democracy, warning "the Arab Spring is coming to China." McCain's remarks obviously strayed away from the subject of the panel.

The MSC witnessed an important moment last year when Russia and the US decided to ratify the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START). It marked the most significant disarmament treaty since the end of the Cold War and contributed to global stability.

Wise diplomats should create a favorable atmosphere for countries to reach an understanding on how to deal with security challenges rather than stirring up tensions.

In recent years, China has often seen US politicians taking potshots at it. Under the context of China's rapid development, US anxiety is rising. In fact, the US also has its own problems concerning human rights and often turns a blind eye to other regimes that abuse human rights. There are Americans expecting the Arab Spring to extend to China, hoping chaos and turbulence could disturb China's development. The US sees China as a threat, but until now, China has never challenged the US' core interests and has made a commitment to stick to peaceful development.

In shifting its strategic focus, the US is carrying out its Asia "pivot" strategy. China, as the implicit target of the strategy, is responding with reserve. Recently in the Diplomat magazine, there were a series of articles discussing "why China isn't freaking out" when faced with the US "reset" policy. The answer is simple: China understands the danger of confronting the current global order, it should cautiously and rationally deal with various challenges to pave the way for development. Of course, this does not mean China should be submissive when facing provocations and act in accordance with Western will.

Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun refuted McCain's attack, saying that a looming Arab Spring is "no more than fantasy" in China. The US politicians slamming China only mirror the country's anxiety and lack of confidence. However, in a world with dynamic changes, anxiety does not help.

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Thein Shwe at 2012-02-0798.207.151.*
Phony Mongolian "Temujin"! Let me guess who you really are; a follower of that phony monk who fled his country and is now a CIA puppet. A right-wing Westerner who fears and hates China (no surprise), a separatist Taiwanese Chinese or an Vietnamese ingrate. Go away, you moron!
Thein Shwe at 2012-02-0798.207.151.*
Phony Mongolian "Temujin"! Let me guess who you really are; a follower of that phony monk who fled his country and is now a CIA puppet. A right-wing Westerner who fears and hates China (no surprise), a separatist Taiwanese Chinese or an Vietnamese ingrate. Go away, you moron!
PD User at 2012-02-0798.207.151.*
Phony Mongolian "Temujin", you don"t know history. Ever heard of San Francisco Treaty where America GAVE away Diaoyu Islands to defeated Imperial Japan after WWII? I bet you don"t. Remember Vietnam"s Boat People? Murdering thousands of innocent Chinese by driving them into the sea? I bet you have amnesia. Do you read history? I bet you don"t know history, any history. Your mindless rant is laughable.
Thein Shwe at 2012-02-0798.207.151.*
Phony Mongolian "Temujin"! Let me guess who you really are; a follower of that phony monk who fled his country and is now a CIA puppet. A right-wing Westerner who fears and hates China (no surprise), a separatist Taiwanese Chinese or an Vietnamese ingrate. Go away, you moron!
Canada at 2012-02-0770.36.49.*
What about the many people, including civilians, the U.S. has murdered by drone attacks? The over 115,000 civilians, majority women & children, murdered during the U.S. war in Iraq? Guantanamo Bay. Abu Garib prison. The pro-Gaddafi supporters & black immigrants NATO countries are allowing to be murdered & tortured in Libya since the NTC has been in power. The wedding parties in Afghanistan bombed by U.S. forces. I could fill volumes with human rights abuses committed by the U.S.
  

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