How to scientifically, effectively and calmly deal with and resolve the strategic suppression of China by the United States and its allies is testing China’s perseverance, vision and wisdom like never before.
Ideological differences are a traditional issue in Sino-US relations. Due to differences in cultural origins, geostrategic positions, and cultural traditions and institutional backgrounds between China and the United States in their own development and historical evolution, the ideological differences between the two countries are not only natural, but also caused by the choice of different development paths. inevitable. Fifty years ago, the then US President Nixon visited China and held the “Meeting of the Century” with Chairman Mao and Premier Zhou, relying on the strategic vision and strategic wisdom of having the courage to transcend ideological differences. Today, the Biden administration has launched an ideological offensive against China. Its purpose is not only to plunge the relationship between the two countries into ideological conflict again, but also to try to smear China with all its might.
When the Biden administration took office, it asserted that the main competition facing the world today is the contest between the “democratic countries” of the United States and the West and the “authoritarian countries” represented by China and Russia. Putting back on the “ideological war shirt” for US-China relations did not start with the Biden administration, but it used American-style ideological standards to redistrict the camp and put China on the opposite side of the United States. For the first time, it is the result of the Biden administration establishing that China is the “biggest competitor” of the United States and continuing the “Trump Doctrine” in its China policy. The Trump administration is trying desperately to blame China for the failure of the United States to fight the epidemic, and has begun to attack and suppress China in an all-round way. In 2020, China-US relations have reached the lowest point in decades.
After the Biden administration took office, the White House continued to launch an “ideological war” against China. For the purpose of safeguarding hegemonic interests and ensuring hegemonic status, the United States has smeared, attacked and demonized China to a new height since the infamous McCarthyism in the 1950s.
First, the U.S. government has attacked China’s international behavior to an outrageous level. For example, when it comes to territorial sovereignty, the United States attacks China as a “revisionist country” that does not abide by international law; when it comes to relations with its Asian neighbors, it attacks China as a “coercist”; when it comes to understanding and acting on the world, the United States is more It is to slander China’s desire to establish a “strength-based order” and to describe its historical policy of hegemonic expansion and interference as a “rules-based order”.
Second, the Biden administration has set up special coordination agencies for China work in several important departments to integrate the ideological struggle against China. In February last year, the Pentagon established the China Working Group; in October, the CIA established the China Mission Center; in May this year, the US State Department announced the establishment of the “China House”. Although the three newly established institutions have their own specific tasks, they are all tasked with collecting and analyzing political, economic and diplomatic information related to China, and carrying out ideological analysis, judgment and confrontation. The main force in “ideological warfare”.
Third, on the issue of cross-strait relations, in order to provoke and disrupt China by playing the “Taiwan card”, the Biden administration tampered with the “one-China policy” originally promised by the United States in the three joint communiqués into the fact that the United States and democratic countries must jointly “maintain” and protect Taiwan’s human rights and freedoms”, in order to hollow out the “one China commitment” and provide “reasonable excuses” for large-scale arms sales to Taiwan and for “Taiwan independence” forces to stand.
The “ideological war” launched by the Biden administration against China is largely a continuation of the “containment strategy” adopted by the United States against the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Faced with the biggest rival in mind, the United States, without exception, concentrated on activating and dispatching its own executive, legislative and other means, and by comprehensively smearing its opponent and strengthening the “free world camp” dominated by the United States, it created and provided more opportunities for itself to suppress its opponent. Multiple means and chips.
In the normal political, economic, social and cultural exchanges between China and the United States, Washington’s attack on China has brought “a threat to the entire government and society” to the United States. The U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI and other agencies have previously set up the “China Action Plan” to investigate and detain people involved in cultural, educational, social and civil exchanges between China and the United States, and even persecute and prosecute American universities who participate in academic exchanges with China with trumped-up accusations. Elite. The U.S. Treasury, Commerce and other agencies have comprehensively restricted and suppressed normal investment and business cooperation between China and the United States. Currently, more than 600 Chinese companies and entities have been listed in the United States for so-called military-related, Xinjiang-related, and Hong Kong-related reasons. export control list. The normal people-to-people exchanges and contacts between China and the United States are being suppressed and destroyed as never before.
The Chinese government and society have launched a resolute and comprehensive counterattack against the increasingly rampant China-related ideological offensive by the Biden administration. The annual “Report on Human Rights Violations in the United States” published by the Information Office of the State Council systematically exposes human rights violations against indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities in the United States. Chinese diplomats have repeatedly listed detailed data and cases of US interference in other countries’ internal affairs and military aggression on international occasions. Chinese media have deeply exposed and criticized the U.S. behavior behind the Russia-Ukraine conflict, arrogantly interfering in other countries’ affairs in the name of human rights and freedom, and provoking international conflicts and disputes.
In the face of the Biden administration’s continued ideological offensive against China, we must adhere to the strategy and tactic of “you hit you, I hit me”. The world’s civilizations are diverse, and it is even more impossible for countries to choose the only “American path” to achieve security, development and prosperity. Fukuyama, a well-known American political scientist, also recently wrote an article in “Foreign Affairs” magazine, saying that on the one hand, the United States has a high degree of domestic political and social division, and on the other hand, it is eager to try to dress up as a “world defender of human rights and freedom”. The antagonism between these two realities is deeply disturbing.
The essence of global politics is that there should always be dialogue, interaction and mutual learning among the rules of the world’s diverse civilizations. Relying on its own position of power and the camp effect of the United States and the West, the United States once again launched an “ideological war” against China in the 21st century. Actions create and provide excuses. The United States recklessly tampered with international rules in accordance with its own interests and created legitimacy to strengthen its strategic competition with China. We must maintain sufficient strategic vigilance against the selfish desires and strategic motives of the United States, and fully counter and counterattack in our own way.
Rejecting the “new Cold War” is China’s clear and firm strategic choice. The qualitative change in Sino-US relations has become a major long-term and strategic pressure for China’s development. How to deal with and resolve the strategic suppression of China by the United States and its allies in a scientific, effective and calm manner is testing China’s perseverance, vision and wisdom like never before. (The author is Zhu Feng, Executive Dean of the School of International Relations at Nanjing University and a special researcher at the Research Center for Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era in Jiangsu Province)
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