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Opinion: China needn't thank Osama bin Laden

By Ding Gang (Global Times)

16:06, September 16, 2011

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

On the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, some media and experts focused their attention on China, saying that the last 10 years were a decade when the United States kept meeting troubles, the U.S. national strength kept lowering, while China kept prospering.

On Sept. 7, the Global Times published an article called "Ten Years after 9/11 Attacks: Laden Won, U.S. Lost", written by a Singaporean scholar named Kishore Mahbubani, which says that it was the anti-terrorism operation of the United States that gave China a development chance and China should thank Osama bin Laden. This kind of connection is obviously a misunderstanding on the rise of China.

It is not because of the anti-terrorism operation of the United States but because of the opportunities created by China's correct policies and strategies that China has made great achievements in the last 10 years. After the 9/11 attacks, the China-U.S. relations became more stable.

In the past 10 years, the two sides kept deepening the cooperation gradually and have established comprehensive and multi-layer mechanisms. Such things had never been done before the 9/11 attacks and have undoubtedly laid a foundation for China's rapid rise.

However, the main factors that determined the current situation of China-U.S. relations include not only the choice made by the strategists of Washington D.C. but also China's fundamental strategy of peaceful development. As China-U.S. relations continue to develop, the most important bilateral relations in the world, China has already changed from a relatively passive side to a relatively active side. That was decided by the development stage of China.

China would have chosen the path of peaceful development and made the achievements that it has accomplished today no matter whether or not the “9/11 attacks” took place. The George W Bush administration had possibly viewed China as a “strategic competitor” within a certain period of time, but this would have at most put China in trouble for some time and could have not changed China’s basic development direction.

More than three decades of development of China-U.S. relations shows that China’s strategy is just like the “Taijiquan” that is good at avoiding head-on confrontations and has dazzled the Americans seeking to show off their power. China’s strong ties with the Asian-Pacific Region and the world that it has continued to cement have also made the Americans seeking to swing their fists aware that few audiences are willing to watch their performance.

The rapid pace for China’s ascent over the past decade is highlighted by the dilemma confronted by the United States as results of the fight against terrorism and the international financial crisis. The two different phenomena will indeed give some people an illusion that they are the results of a zero sum game that “the rise of one side must be at the price of the fall of the other side.”

However, taking a period of a decade to view China-U.S. relations and China’s ascent is too short. If the two phenomena have to be compared, the past decade is a period, in which, Washington made wrong strategic decisions while China’s strategic decisions were generally right. There will still be many politicians in Washington seeking to have a boxing match with China over the next decade. The key to China lies in whether it can hold to its established strategy.

The Author is a senior reporter of People's Daily.


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Frank at 2011-09-2074.203.133.*
The US has been exporting manufacturing jobs to Asian as a communism fighting strategy since 1945. We have taken the economic fight to the last communist power. OBL has not one thing to do with it.
PD User at 2011-09-2091.224.160.*
Great site, great reporting. Keep on going
PD User at 2011-09-1780.94.16.*
2011-09-17.As well,their be graduates famous the universitys.What denied they ranking's a level learning.Stanford and others universitys not to be able to create objectivity political and historys.What their be stupid? This domena medicine if in american universitys to teach person how electric work and worker to weave fiber?They to teach american history and economy.
PD User at 2011-09-17116.48.123.*
Oh yes, China should thank Barack Obama Bin Laden, president of America for the chance to develop, how stupid could Americans get, still think and act as a British colony.
PD User at 2011-09-1680.94.16.*
2011-09-16.And to award medal for peaceful relations China-USA.Mr.Mahbubani probably to tale a lot grass.what a pity that scholar not to recommend Bin Laden to the Nobel Peace Prize.Crazy world.

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