[Marxism] Fwd: U.S. Machinations Against China and China's Response (From Jim Craven)

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Mar 2 10:52:53 MST 2005


>China strongly objects to US report criticizing China's human rights
>
>China is firmly opposed to a US State Department report criticizing 
>China's human rights situation without any reason, 
><http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/eng/>Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu 
>Jianchao said Wednesday in 
><http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/data/province/beijing.html>Beijing.
>
>He made the remarks when asked to comment on the Country Reports on Human 
>Rights Practices released by the US in Washington Monday.
>
>"Only the Chinese people themselves have the right to comment on the human 
>rights situation in their own country."
>
>"The Chinese government, sticking to a policy it calls 'putting people 
>above everything else,' has made many efforts toward building a democratic 
>country under the rule of law," Liu said. "As a result, the Chinese people 
>are now enjoying an improved situation in terms of human rights."
>
>Liu said he hoped the 
><http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/data/usa.html>United States would put 
>more focus on its own human rights problems and work harder to resume the 
>China-US human rights dialogue and benefit bilateral exchanges.
>
>
>
>China to issue human rights record of the United States
>
>
>
>The Information Office of the State Council will issue on March 3 the 
>Human Rights Record of the United States in 2004, in response to the 
>Country Reports on Human Rights Practices issued by the United States, 
>which irrationally condemns human rights in China.
>
>It will be the sixth Chinese report in response to the annual country 
>reports on human rights by the United States in six consecutive years.
>
>The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2004, based on plenty of 
>facts, is divided into six parts, uncovering the bad records of the United 
>States concerning the invasions into other countries and the mistreatment 
>of foreign inmates, as well as the bad records in the aspects of life, 
>freedom and personal security of the US citizens, their political rights 
>and freedom, economic, social and cultural rights, racial discrimination, 
>conditions of women and children.
>
>Anyone who poses threats shall bear responsibility
>
>At the beginning of this year, Washington's "China threat" theory was 
>heard everywhere. For a while there was filled with confused voices in the 
>Capitol Hill about canceling China's permanent normal trade status and 
>resuming "diplomatic ties" with 
><http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/data/province/taiwan.html>Taiwan. What 
>is more noteworthy is that the 
><http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/data/usa.html>United States is speeding 
>up its actual plans for containment against China.
>
>First, bogged down in the quagmire in the Middle East, Washington has 
>stepped up drawing 
><http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/data/japan.html>Japan together with it 
>to contain China, so as to cope with the situation of shortage in its 
>global troops disposition. On February 19, the US-Japan Security 
>Consultation Committee issued a joint statement, for the first time openly 
>listing the Taiwan Straits as a "common strategic objective" of the two 
>nations. As US media put it, this is the most significant turn since the 
>United States and Japan entered into a security alliance, and also a grave 
>provocation to China that will lead to a rapid deterioration of 
>China-Japan political relations.
>
>Second, whipping up opinion, Washington plays up and exaggerates China's 
>military strength and creates an atmosphere of tension across the Straits, 
>with the aim of roping Taiwan into passing the arms purchase plan, and 
>foots the bill for US military interest groups. News also came out 
>recently that the United States, Japan and Taiwan would jointly play the 
>game of a military drill.
>
>Third, the United States intimidates the EU for its intention to lift arms 
>embargo on China, turning a question of eliminating political 
>discrimination into one of military security.
>
>Fourth, the United States remains suspicious of business affairs in 
>China-US relations, turning business deals between enterprises into 
>national security concerns, such as the case of Lenovo's purchase of IBM's 
>PC department.
>
>Dragging Japan into involvement in the issue of the Taiwan Straits is a 
>move openly provoking China's core national interest, an act that runs 
>counter to US clear-cut commitments made in the process of establishing 
>diplomatic ties with China and a move that may shake the political 
>foundation of Sino-US ties. Despite the "ambiguous" and "mild" wording 
>used in the US-Japan "Joint Statement", people with discerning eyes can 
>clearly see its implications. Taiwan has reportedly responded to the 
>statement with "extreme excitement". The sovereignty ownership of Taiwan 
>is the core of China's national interest, and it is impossible for China 
>to swallow the bitter fruit of any act that damages the integrity of 
>China's sovereignty. Any action of conniving at "Taiwan independence" will 
>mean inciting tension and war flames across the Taiwan Straits.
>
>There have always been two tendencies in America's formulation of its 
>China policy, one holding China as a "potential rival" that must be 
>contained by all means; the other believing that China's momentous 
>development is irresistible, so the only way to follow is to induce China 
>to properly play a "responsible" and "constructive" role. Washington's 
>China policy carried out in recent years has been a combination of the 
>two. US lately acts toward China are many-way containment in reality, and 
>inducement in wording.
>
>To be "constructive" has always been a two-way practice in interstate 
>relations. If a country, breaking its promise or going back on its words, 
>adopts an irresponsible attitude in willfully provoking and harming the 
>fundamental national interest of another country, and yet it asks the 
>latter to take a "responsible" and "constructive" attitude, how is this 
>possible? The United States should understand this elementary truth.
>
>In fact, it is the United States that should carefully consider the 
>question of a "responsible" and "constructive" attitude. Adhering to a 
>one-China stand and making an explicit statement that "Taiwan is not an 
>independent sovereign state" is a "constructive" attitude. But one must 
>act as what one has said and must not play fast and loose, saying one 
>thing today and doing another thing tomorrow. The United States has 
>repeatedly expressed its opposition to a unilateral change in the status 
>quo of the Taiwan Straits, but what is the status quo of the Straits? The 
>most fundamental status quo of the Taiwan Straits is: Under the consensus 
>on "the two sides belonging to one and the same China", the Taiwan Straits 
>has avoided military conflicts and has begun exchanges. Challenging the 
>one-China principle and consensus is unilaterally changing the status quo 
>across the Straits, is disrupting the tacit agreement of peace reached 
>between the two sides and is creating trouble and stirring up war. The 
>United States should have clear formulations about this.
>
>This article by Huang Qing is carried on the third page of the Global 
>Times, February 28, and translated by People's Daily Online
>
>
>
>James M. Craven
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