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Chinese state media are predictably glum about the Fourth of July holiday, using the occasion to whine about America’s harsh treatment of China in the trade war and pushing the line that American notions of individual freedom are incompatible with Chinese culture.
China’s state-run Global Times insisted on Wednesday that American democracy is in “decline.”
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The Global Times played up U.S. political and cultural divisions to contrast ailing representative democracy with China’s enforced national unity:
Although the U.S. military, economy, science and technology remain strong, national and self-identity and elite identity have thick division lines and uniting them is delusional.
Source - Sickness - US - Diplomacy - Suffers
This is the source of the internal “sickness” U.S. diplomacy suffers from and its gradual decline. In dealing with the Korean Peninsula and Iranian nuclear issues and its alliances, efforts to rebuild an international economic order that serves the U.S. have also ended in vain. It is unlikely that the U.S. will cause overall damage to China.
The complexity of China’s national conditions and the multi-dimensionality of its strength have determined that it is difficult for any U.S. policy of sabotaging China to achieve its goals. The U.S. has been identified as “rogue” by many countries, including its allies.
Challenge - Today - Community - Wisdom - Countries
The challenge in today’s international community is how to unite the wisdom of all countries and restrain U.S. behavior. In this regard, China is in a favorable position in dealing with the U.S. Those who fear the U.S. do not know enough about its diplomatic tradition of honoring strength. Only when China applies its strength will the US take China’s propositions seriously.
The Global Times dismissed appeals for Beijing to relent to U.S. demands as nothing but irrational fear and “blind worship of U.S. technology and systems.”
Admiration - Fear - US - Way - Paper
“Living with admiration and ingrained fear of the U.S. is not the way to go,” the Chinese paper lectured.
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