… The country doth protest too much, methinks.
I see, in a social media post by Chinese state media outlet Global Times …
… that the Chinese government is annoyed by what appears to be a continuation, by the Biden administration, of the Trump regime’s policy of calling China out for every breach of the rule of law and every attack on the natural right of liberty for the Chinese people.
This is, it seems to me, a continuation of China’s “wolf warrior diplomacy” which some see as aggressive but which I see as defensive, even hesitant. Confident countries don’t need to bluster and bully. They, mostly (not Canada) speak softly and carry big sticks. (Canada speaks softly because Prime Minister Trudeau is a moral weakling who wants Canada to reflect him. He wants to throw our stick away … and it isn’t very big to begin with.) So why dos China do it? Why go out snarling at the world like a junk-yard dog? Because, I think:
- First, the US diplomatic offensive is working. More and more of the world is aware of China’s offences against liberty and fewer and fewer countries are willing to just “go along to get along,” although, sadly, Justin Trudeau’s Canada seems to be one which does; and
- Second, China is actually feeling some diplomatic pain and that might be putting some downward pressure on some of Xi Jinping’s big promises.
But, there’s more to it.. Part of China’s new assertiveness is Xi Jinping’s way of breaking with the legacy of Deng Xiaoping whose working dictum was “hide your ambitions and disguise your claws” but that reminds Xi (and many Chinese) of the “century of humiliation” and all that, so there is a political foundation for some of it. But beating up on weaklings, like the Philippines and Canada, is one thing. Snarling at other, greater powers is another and I think it’s a mistake.
We are, as President Biden settles in, seeing Xi Jinping’s China react with worry, even fear and that, as I said a couple of days ago, may be a reason to worry. For Canada, that should be reason to hasten major defence procurement projects like the Type 26 combat ships and new fighter aircraft and to start growing the defence budget.