Thoughts on China and International Solidarity was Re: reply to GaryMacLennan (re East Timor)

Ulhas Joglekar uvj at SPAMvsnl.com
Tue May 29 20:45:45 MDT 2001


Gary:
> It is good to be reminded of the Machiavellian maneuvering of Deng Xiao
> Ping and his avatars.

Sino-US alliance began in last years of Mao's rule. Pakistan, a close ally
China and US played a role in arranging Kissinger visit to Beijing.

My point is that international alignments are a complicated matter, they
don't necessary take place in terms of socialist/capitalist,
anti-imperialist/pro-imperialist logic. Neighbours of large developing
nations such as China (e.g.Vietnam), India (e.g.Pakistan) have different
perceptions than what a simplistic 'Third Worldist' perspective would
indicate. They fear their immediate neighbour more than the distant
imperialist power and welcome imperialist presence to counterbalance the
regional hegemons. This factor may be at work in Timor as well, though
I must confess, I don't know much about Timor-Indonesia-Australia triangle.

My impression about the Asian scene is that there is a sharp decline in
anti-imperialist sentiments and residual anti-imperialism is largely
rhetorical and ritualistic. I don't see China as anti-imperialist.
Similarly Indo-US relations have improved dramatically in previous one
year, after almost three decades of indifference and hostility. Some Indian
Marxists are already describing India 'a junior partner of imperialism',
(Though IMO
such descriptions are premature. One has to wait and watch.)

Ulhas









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