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China may face greater terror threat than US

By Zheng Yongnian  (Global Times)

09:07, September 16, 2011

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

The world has undergone two most striking changes over the past 10 years after the 9/11 attacks. On one hand, the Global War on Terror has exhausted the United States. On the other hand, BRICS countries and developing countries including China have enjoyed rapid development.

Due to the clear contrast, some people have associated the 9/11 attacks with the rapid development of certain developing countries, claiming that the United States has been busy combating terrorism, so China and other developing countries have grasped the strategic opportunity to develop rapidly. Their opinion is wrong because they simply linked the two phenomena and failed to recognize the nature of world development trend.

Globalization has boosted the flow of various resources across national borders, as well as the flow of capital to low-cost countries. Along with the transfer of industries, the international status of different countries has changed. All in all, the wave of globalization would still bring strategic development opportunities to developing countries, even if the 9/11 attacks had not happened.

The 9/11 attacks created a new channel for China-U.S. cooperation, but counter-terrorism has never become the theme of China-U.S. relations. Their bilateral relations have been mainly influenced by domestic and international political considerations, as well as the ever increasing common interests brought about by globalization.

Globalization has provided most of countries with opportunities and development and brought about issues such as wealth disparity and social injustice that have bred terrorism. It could be said that terrorism and modernization are twin brothers. Globalization has led to the confrontations between different interests or mindsets and eventually caused the confrontation between terrorism and the United States.

The terrorists reached their goals and the brutal massacre caused the United States to unswervingly face up to them. The actual significance of the “9/11” event lies in that although terrorism had long existed, it formally came to the global stage through the “9/11” event, no matter people liked or not.

The United States has paid enormous costs on a decade of fight against terrorism and its imbalanced domestic economic structure has made it no longer strong enough to fulfill its ambitions regarding the fight. Despite the situation, the United States is still the world’s only super power and has its presence across the world, which has naturally made it most exposed to terrorist threats.

The international order is entering into a disordered period. The unrest in the Middle West shows that the existing pattern is collapsing and a new pattern has yet to come into being. Disorder will undoubtedly promote the expansion of terrorist forces. For instance, continued disorder in some countries will likely enable some Al-Qaeda members to gain power in new regimes. The global situation is changing, and so is the situation of the fight against terrorism.

China is rising rapidly in the current international system, but as She gains more benefits, She will face with higher risks. The face-to-face conflict between the way of thinking and interests brought about by the globalization process is worsening. If the overall international situation remains unchanged, China, as the main player in the globalization process, may face with increasingly more threats including terrorism. In the coming ten to twenty years, China may face greater terror threat than the United States if the international space for the United States continues to narrow and that for China continues to expand.

In terms of current counter-terrorism capacity, China is only able to defend herself, which falls very short of the American “Pre-emptive Strike” strategy. It is an urgent task for China to strengthen counterterrorism efforts, achieve balanced development and reduce soils breeding terrorism. The Chinese public should neither focus solely on China-U.S. carrier competition and other such kind of game-playing, nor put faith in China’s naturally growing deterrence after rising. Maybe China should begin to think about what it should do after rising.


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Jenny at 2011-09-16198.96.180.*
Hi, could you change your grammar form China as She, a nation...China is a country nation and should not not refer as 'it'. Thanks.
ood at 2011-09-16120.166.18.*
The decline of the U.S due to inability & stupidity of the U.S itself ,who has failed in anticipation of world rapidly changing,and does not quickly change his strategy ,also which has always solved the problems through the war.
helen at 2011-09-16203.82.92.*
Terror threat in China arises from US intelligence services. The United States encouraged, funded and trained terrorists and separatists in Tibet and Xinjiang. It now also focuses its attention on Inner Mongolia.In addition, the United States also encourages ethnic dissent and chaos in China. US Global tyranny will not rest until it has successfully destabilsed and dismembered China - that is their on-going agenda in all guises.
Simply Put at 2011-09-16175.139.125.*
What it should do is work with countries like Pakistan and Russia to strengthen cross border counter terrorism effort, and foster a better social structure that will hamper the growth of extremist ideology within. Have a better propaganda system that is not base solely on Han exceptional-ism or materialism, Hanship is after all a distant dynasty long long ago, China no longer need Han as an unifying factor and should embrace it’s diversity in culture and languages and be proud. Also focus more on what it would be like to be Chinese. What China should never do is to follow American example of counter terrorism abroad or practice any form of unilateralism that would be a bad idea.
Clarence W. at 2011-09-1660.53.161.*
Stupid article. The source of all terrorism lies in US actions: both "terrorists" and "anti-terrorists" are creations of US agencies.

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