Editorial

No ‘innocents’ in global power games

Summary

Now this salvo comes just a couple of days after the US Secretary of State Dr Mark T Esper discussed ‘enhanced military professionalization, counter-terrorism and maritime security cooperation’ with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. That’s militarization talk. Unadulterated.

China got it right. A spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy is reported to have stated the following in relation to the USA banning 24 Chinese companies buying ‘American’ products, accusing them helping ‘militarize the South China Sea’:

‘In recent years, the US has been abandoning multilateralism, and imposed dozens of unilateral sanctions on different countries including China, Sri Lanka and even its own allies, with typical hegemonic logic and power politics, which are strongly objected to by the international community. Such unilateral and unjust sanctions from the US that severely intervene other sovereign countries’ internal affairs have no international legal effect at all and should not be accepted and tolerated.’

China got it wrong (too), or rather shelved part of the truth. It is not that China is not moved by hegemonic logic and power politics. The international community or rather some sections of it strongly object to this and we are not talking of just the US-led cabal that assumes it IS the ‘International Community.’

Now this salvo comes just a couple of days after the US Secretary of State Dr Mark T Esper discussed ‘enhanced military professionalization, counter-terrorism and maritime security cooperation’ with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. That’s militarization talk. Unadulterated.

Moreover it is presumptuous and obnoxious; the world has not asked the USA to guarantee sovereignty, which of course is a preposterous proposition in the first place. The USA is the world’s self-appointed thug when it comes to militarization. No two words about it.The US is party to all kinds of multilateral covenants which that country violates at will and with impunity.

Democracy is observed in the breach in international forums. This we know. It is all about power. The USA has issues with China because China is on the rise and the USA is in decline. It is nothing but the chagrin (to put it mildly) or someone about to lose or having lost the high seat in global power politics (China and Japan own US debt, for the record).

As for China, this whine is certainly not of a poor innocent, benign and ego-less nation at being shortchanged in global affairs. China is rich, arrogant, aggressive and acts with little concern for international covenants. In her own way.

China is right when it says that ‘the US had become the saboteur and troublemaker of peace and stability in the South China Sea and the world beyond.’ Well, a war of any kind with the USA wouldn’t make China an angel and harbinger or peace to the world either.

The USA has, as China claims, ‘frequently dispatched in large numbers warships and fighter jets all the way to the South China Sea which is tens of thousands miles away from its homeland, to project its power and engage in military provocations, undermining regional countries’ sovereignty and security interests as well as the normal order in the South China Sea.’

China hasn’t been in-your-face in engagements with other nations, but sovereignty, security interests and the normal order can be undermined in many ways. China does this elegantly. The USA acts like a common thug. The USA has been doing this for more than a century. China could be just starting out.

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