Broad support helps China withstand US shock wave: Global Times editorial

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Source: Global Times

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The US has launched an overall suppression against China, and is trying to rope in Western countries to form an anti-China alliance. The world has bad expectations for China-US relations. But Chinese society has withstood the US-initiated new shock wave in a relatively stable manner. Compared with the US’ speed in launching a new cold war, China is much quicker in activating the confidence and ability to resist it.

First, the US hastily started a new cold war against China, and US society is far from forming a consensus on it. Part of the new cold war comes from the US elites’ true will and motivation, but a large part is because of the Trump administration’s attempt to divert domestic attention to achieve reelection. The new cold war cannot be regarded as the US’ established strategy toward China. It will be tested by time.

Chinese society has formed a broad consensus of avoiding a new cold war with the US, and breaking Washington’s strategic containment by expanding opening-up and doing our own things well. China’s strategy is very practical, while the US needs to make every effort to make changes. Every step the US takes may face huge resistance.

Second, Washington has faced a bad beginning. It turns against Beijing, but it has been unexpectedly entangled in the COVID-19 epidemic. Racial conflicts in the US have intensified. The US is now the least united and at its weakest. Therefore, the US has become fiercer against China verbally in recent months, but it is becoming increasingly difficult for Washington to play powerful cards.

Third, the China-US trade war prepares Chinese society for bigger challenges from the US. It shows Chinese people that US strength is limited. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the flaws in the US system. All this, coupled with Washington’s intensified anti-China political show, has reshaped the Chinese people’s understanding of the US. The impression that “the US is outstanding in every aspect” has completely collapsed among Chinese people. More Chinese people now believe China and the US have their own strengths. Chinese society is confident when facing the US.

Fourth, China and the US are competing for the support of other Western countries and most countries worldwide. It is generally believed that the US has a great advantage in persuading Western countries. But this is not the case.

Western countries have similar values with the US. However, the US requires them to follow in opposing China by giving up their own interests. China encourages them to be relatively neutral, which is more in line with their own interests. China’s suggestion is a normal choice for these countries, but the US requires them to make painful changes. Which country is more likely to succeed?

Fifth, in the face of the US’ frenzied suppression, China has acted calmly. China has only carried out countermeasures. China’s countermeasures are reciprocal and do not expand to other areas. On US global suppression, China is its most powerful opponent. The US attacks are exhausting, and China’s counterattacks are orderly. China’s endurance has shown its advantages.

Sixth, Washington tries to completely destroy relations with Beijing, which has posed serious risks to US national interests, and also harmed world peace. Washington has lost in terms of morality and justice. This will generally help China accumulate more resources to resist US suppression.

Seventh, there are still some Chinese people who worry about the US turning against China. Some of them simply find it hard to adapt to sudden changes, and most of them worry that China will be trapped into self-isolation and conservatism under US pressure. However, these are all within the scope of the Chinese people’s ability to adjust. Since the trade war, China has been moving forward steadily. We have every reason to believe that the more we fight, the wiser we become, and the more we mature.

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