China is no longer playing the role many Western countries hoped. In 1997, Asia was pulled out of the crisis. In 2008, it served as an engine for global recovery.
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Once again it was China that allied itself with the Americans against the Taliban. It ended up joining the World Trade Organization and climate agreements.
But within a few years, China became a factor of global instability.
It was she who ignited the COVID-19 pandemic crisis by hiding the seriousness of the virus transmission from the world. However, it suffered the traumatic experience of SARS in 2003 and its leaders swore never such a mess would happen again.
China benefited from multiple concessions because it was a developing economy. But as it has become the largest economy in the world, it continues to demand the same privileges for poor countries.
Chinese rulers signed an agreement that Beijing will not interfere in Hong Kong affairs until 2047. However, Chinese rulers have entered into Hong Kong’s internal affairs and destabilized the city. Even worse, they crushed the democratic movement there.
Now the Chinese government is turning to Taiwan. However, the island came close to mainland China. Temporary settlement settled between Taipei and Beijing. The conflict could have been resolved peacefully, and given time to do its work. But mainland China has become totalitarian. Today more than ever he frightens Taiwanese.
The negative role of Xi Jinping
Behind this negative development in China is a man: Xi Jinping. He chose Mao Zedong as an example. As if Mao has returned to power, but this time at the helm of China on his way to becoming a great power, he is shaking up the world order created by generations before him.
China is one of the greatest scientific powers in the world, but it no longer shares the results of its discoveries under the pretext of national security.
China has one of the most powerful militaries in the world, but it supports countries marginalized by the international community: Venezuela, Iran, Burma, North Korea, etc.
China presides over one of the most powerful diplomatic services on the planet, but its representatives engage in aggressive rhetoric and hostage-taking.
It calls for reducing greenhouse gases, but is pushing coal-fired power plant projects in developing countries.
It tries to convince the world that collective rights are respected in its lands, but more than ever it persecutes many of its minorities, including the Uyghurs.
Insanity and incompetence
Since Xi Jinping came to power, China’s justice system has fallen into decline, its debt has skyrocketed, weak press freedom has collapsed, and its citizens are afraid to speak out.
It would have been otherwise. China could have strengthened its role as a global stabilizer. It would have become an example of freedom and modernity.
Unfortunately, China under Xi Jinping is heading in the opposite direction. Now that the world has got rid of the sad clown who ruled the United States, all eyes are turning more and more on the dictator who is the head of China, wondering if the madness and incompetence have passed on to China.