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Trumps Beautiful Vision vs. Chinas Imperial Dream

The National Interest ^ | Dec 2017 | Gordon G. Chang

Posted on 01/02/2018 5:40:15 PM PST by GoldenState_Rose

“We will pursue this beautiful vision—a world of strong, sovereign, and independent nations, each with its own cultures and dreams, thriving side-by-side in prosperity, freedom, and peace,” President Donald Trump wrote in his letter accompanying the National Security Strategy.

Beijing has long endorsed the concept of sovereignty. From 1954 to today, it has stressed that the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence—mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, mutual non-aggression, non-interference in others’ internal affairs, equality and mutual benefit, and peaceful coexistence—are the foundation of its relations with the world.

China and the United States, therefore, should be able to coexist.

Unfortunately, coexistence looks increasingly unlikely. Trump’s Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, is beginning to articulate the notion that China is the planet’s only sovereign state. Beijing and Washington, inevitably, are bound to clash.

On the surface, China’s recent pronouncements sound benign. Xi is known for speaking of the “Chinese Dream,” but he has a far bigger one. “One World, One Dream,” the slogan for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, evokes a united international community. That was Xi’s handiwork as he was then the Politburo Standing Committee member responsible for the Games.

Xi was also responsible for “a community of common destiny.” Introduced in late 2012, the phrase, as the official China Daily puts it, “epitomizes the direction in which the Chinese government believes global governance should head.”

Some PRC scholars have declared that now is the time for China to be the destined world leader to reorganize the world as one, to turn the China Dream into the World Dream.”

Chinese leaders, for the first time since Mao, have returned to dreams of global domination…

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KEYWORDS:china; trump

“tianxia” or “All Under Heaven,” the idea that the Chinese emperor ruled the entire world…

1posted on 01/02/2018 5:40:16 PM PSTby GoldenState_Rose

To: GoldenState_Rose

And, link doesn’t work.

2posted on 01/02/2018 5:45:29 PM PSTby ifinnegan(Democrats kill babies and harvest their organs to sell)

To: ifinnegan
3posted on 01/02/2018 5:49:34 PM PSTby GoldenState_Rose

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