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Never expect China to compromise on issues relating to core interests

(People's Daily Online)    16:10, June 20, 2019

"If China hadn't proposed the 'Made in China 2025' strategy, if China hadn't implemented the Thousand Talents Program, if China didn't act to protect its legitimate rights on the South China Sea…"

Such opinions have been voiced frequently since the beginning of the China-US trade war. They believe that "if" China remains low key, respects the leadership of the US and never challenges the latter's dominance, both parties will stay safe.

Such opinion is ridiculous, as if saying that if China doesn't sit at the dinner table, the US won't flip it. Is the US the only country allowed to eat steak and enjoy wine at the table while China can only have the cold leftovers?

US elites want their country to be a permanent leader of the world, which is also the core interest of the US. To challenge the leadership of the country is to test its core interest.

Throughout history, the US has never "spared" those that were widely considered the second largest powers in the world, including the UK, Japan, the Soviet Union, and the European Union. Maintaining its hegemony is an instinct, which indicates the country's selfish law-of-the-jungle mentality in international politics.

China's national power has grown from a sailboat to a giant wheel. The country's per capita GDP surged to nearly $10,000 in 2018 from just $160 in 1978 as the country quickly became the second largest economy in the world from the 15th. Now, China is the world's largest trader of goods and the second largest trader of services. Its actual use of foreign capital and overseas foreign investment also ranked second in the world.

China's GDP surpassed Japan to become the second largest economy in 2010, and has since continued to maintain a strong momentum for growth.

The constraints placed by the US on China are not a spur-of-the-moment decision, but an intended action which doesn't allow anyone to imagine "ifs".

Escalating the trade friction and exerting extreme pressure on Chinese high-tech firms, the US has backtracked in trade talks and even raised unreasonable demands in tariffs, purchasing and text balancing of a deal. Its intentions have already been exposed.

Staying humble and cautious, talking less and doing more, and never resorting to hegemony are the essence of keeping a low profile, and China should adhere to this philosophy in the new era. However, adherence to peaceful development doesn't equate to giving up legitimate rights and core national interests.

No country should expect China to trade its core interests or swallow the bitterness of losing sovereignty, security and development interests.

The reason is simple. To compromise on issues relating to China's core interests means to give up the future of the country. In this sense, there's no space to say "if". 

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