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Unalterable rules do not exist in the world

By Zhong Sheng (People's Daily)

10:51, February 03, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

In recent years, "China topic" has been increasingly connected with "rules of game" in the system of international relations.

Recently, the WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy said there was a perception that China was "grabbing resources, being colonialist… stealing technologies… it gives the view this is a country that doesn't play by the rules." Lamy said the perception is a prejudice against China.

Unalterable rules do not exit in the world, simply because the world is ever changing.

According to a survey by the U.S. Brookings Institution, of the 200 world-level metropolises with a total economic volume accounting for half of the world's total, 90 percent are located in emerging economies out of North America and Europe. The rise of merging countries has turned into a trend that is independent of the West's will.

China has never had the intention of overthrowing the world order. The course of China going from the edge to the center of the international stage is actually a course of China and its external world adapting to and affecting each other. China is actively participating in adjustments of the current rules and trying hard to make them more vigorous and adapt to the changed realities better. China always insists on that new rules need more negotiations based on the principle of equality, and especially, the will of solving crises by using peaceful measures must be strengthened.

However, Western countries, as the existing international rule-makers, have not yet found courage of tolerance. They are still accustomed to solving problems with hegemonist means. More and more examples have shown solving problems this way cannot reduce troubles but leave more hidden troubles for the future.

Dr. Kissinger once said it would be a great challenge for America to communicate with China. Corresponding to such challenge, what matters is that whether America can sincerely accept China as a participant in rules adjustment, and seriously listen to the views and suggestions from China.

The requirements are not quite high, but it's really hard for some Westerners to accept. There is always a hard way to go from perceiving changes of times to catering to requirements of times. The smarts will advance with the times, while the swellheads will be pushed forward by history.


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China"s claims on the southern seas are hegemonist AND swellheaded.

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