Growing Pains – Adam Teslik

From China Government Watch blog:

A story from the BBC today illustrates a point that I brought up in a post a couple of weeks ago. In that post, “More from the Discussion Boards,” I mentioned a Chinese “naivety about the responsibilities and dangers that a world power like the United States faces.” As China grows and its influence and importance in the international community attracts more and more scrutiny from outside of its own borders, it will find itself more frequently in situations that will test the expressed nature of its foreign policy: that China is strong but peaceful, and that China does not interfere in the domestic affairs of other nations. At times, this seems to amount to a kind of “have our cake and eat it too” brand of foreign policy on the part of the Chinese government, as if an expression of detachment from the internal affairs of other nations can likewise detach it from the responsibilities that come along with advantageous international relationships. [Full Text]

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