China News Service, May 9th (Wen Tianxia) Recently, the American media "Atlantic Monthly" raised the argument that "China is a paper dragon", calling China "vulnerable."
On China-related issues, the Western media swayed back and forth between the "threat" theory and the "paper dragon" theory, as if suffering from "schizophrenia."
Frahm published an article "China is a "Paper Dragon"" in The Atlantic Monthly.
Image source: A screenshot of the Atlantic Monthly website.
After U.S. President Biden took office, he frequently used China as the protagonist of his speech, and he must be called a "competitor." The just-concluded G7 foreign ministers' meeting was a collective plan to encircle China and made no secret of his fear and opposition to China. .
Data map: US President Biden.
David Frahm, who was the former US President and Republican speech writer for George W. Bush, jumped out at this time and offered so-called "unfaithful advice" to the government of the Democrats.
His talk about China's power "injecting water" theory makes the United States "confident."
The implication is that the United States is still the "world leader" and its hegemony is indestructible.
In the eyes of this American political elite, China is just a "paper dragon" because China's economic, military, and technological national strength has been "seriously exaggerated."
The arguments supporting his view, tracing the roots, actually come from a book published in 2018, titled "Unrivaled: Why the United States Will Be the Only Superpower in the World", the author is Tufts University in the United States Scholar Michael Beckley.
Beckley has long advocated that China's power is overestimated and there is no need to worry about China's argument that it will challenge the dominance of the United States.
On the other hand, Frahm chose to use "old wine in new bottles" and the so-called "paper dragon" as a gimmick when Sino-US relations continue to be tense to devalue China's image.
On May 4th, local time, representatives of the Group of Seven nations met in London, England.
The U.S. government has tried every means to win over allies to contain the "threat" of the "power" China, but the U.S. media described China as a "paper dragon" and encouraged the United States to "be more confident."
This seemingly self-contradictory and "schizophrenic" style has actually exposed the internal thinking of the United States: Even at the current strength of the United States, it is still difficult to effectively suppress China, and China's comprehensive national strength and international status are still All the way up, the media has even reached the point where it needs the media to find "psychological comfort" for the US government and boost its enthusiasm.
No matter what image China is portrayed in Western media, in fact, the United States still needs to deeply understand China's intentions for peaceful development.
Whether the "Oriental Dragon" has woken up or the vulnerable "paper dragon", China is essentially a "dragon" of peace.
In recent years, China’s contribution to promoting global economic development and maintaining world peace is obvious to all.
As Member of the European Parliament Mick Wallace recently pointed out, China is building various infrastructure and public service projects, and has completed the greatest poverty reduction project in human history; China is in the mitigation of climate problems. , Play a leading role; China is also one of the best countries in the world to deal with the new crown epidemic, and it has extended a helping hand to help other countries fight the epidemic.
More importantly, Wallace commented that China has "never invaded, bombed, or sanctioned any other countries" in the past 40 years.
Judging from the facts, in recent years, when the Chinese military has provided various services such as peacekeeping, escort, humanitarian relief, and anti-epidemic cooperation for the international community, what is the US military doing?
On January 13, local time, members of the National Guard were resting in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol.
In the United States, the National Guard was busy dealing with the congressional riots that broke out due to the onslaught of demonstrators, spraying pepper spray on the streets to protest against racial discrimination; overseas, the U.S. military patted the butt after 20 years of the war in Afghanistan. , Evacuate the war quagmire.
Just two days after the US media concocted China’s "paper dragon" theory, on the evening of May 6, UN Secretary-General Guterres stated that the United Nations highly appreciated China’s great achievements in getting rid of poverty and China’s firm support for multilateralism. , Firmly supports the work of the United Nations and appreciates China’s declared nationally determined contribution targets and major measures to tackle global climate change.
Data map: United Nations Secretary-General Guterres.
Guterres also expressed his gratitude to China for its important contributions to the international anti-epidemic cooperation, especially to realize the fair distribution of the new crown vaccine in developing countries, and to promote the recovery and growth of the world economy.
On April 27, two economists from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development pointed out that the rapid economic development of China in the past 25 years has lifted more people out of poverty, more than anywhere else in the world.
The article said that the strong recovery of China's trade is admirable.
In 2020, even under the severe test of the new crown epidemic, China's foreign trade will increase by 1.9% to 32.2 trillion yuan, and foreign investment will increase by 6.2% to nearly 1 trillion yuan. China has risen to become the largest foreign inflow country.
With the continuous release of domestic demand potential, China is full of confidence in high-quality development, and the global market can draw nutrients from China and benefit from it.
China pursues a path of peaceful development, openness and cooperation, never pursues hegemony, and never exaggerates its strength.
Whether some Western media compare China to a "paper dragon" or view China as a "threat", they have misunderstood China's intentions for peaceful development.
In this regard, Wallace, a member of the European Parliament, asked: "Why should we choose to be aggressive towards China? Why do we not choose to cooperate but attack?" He gave an answer: "We should live in peace with China."
I wonder if Frahm and Beckley on the other side of the ocean can understand this simple answer?