Global Leadership, China’s target
China’s leader Xi Jinping projects himself as the sole defender of globalization at Darvos in January , and in a seminar in Beijing in February 17, 2017 he further mentioned that China would enhance and accelerate a sounder international system.
These recent speeches made by the China’s ruler since November 2012, Xi Jinping, explains that Beijing is working very hard to displace or even replace America’s leading role in the global system. Statements by President of the United States, Donald Trump, both prior and after inauguration, have paved ways for Beijing to make opposite but direct advances. Fortunately for America, the possibility of Xi to align his country’s internal and external policies with his benign-sounding words is rather very low.
Xi Jinping has been busy issuing striking statements such as. “Whether you like it or not, the global economy is the big ocean that you cannot escape from,” this he said in Davos as the first Chinese leader to address the World Economic Forum. He further mentioned that, “Any attempt to cut off the flow of capital, technologies, products, industries, and people between economies, and channel the waters in the ocean back into isolated lakes and creeks is simply not possible. Indeed, it runs counter to the historical trend.”
Furthermore he makes this promise: “We will open our arms to the people of other countries and welcome them aboard the express train of China’s development.”
Later at the Beijing seminar in February, Xi presents his thoughts of a newly “democratized” and “just and reasonable” world, presumably spare-headed by China. He promised to promote the “democratization of international relations” and “guide the international community to unitedly maintain international security.” He said, Beijing, could help build “a more just and reasonable new world order.”
However, China’s leader is at liberty to say whatever he wants, but the foreign business community is feeling less welcome on a daily basis, as proven by the most recent surveys conducted by the American Chamber of Commerce in China and the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China.
And with respect to regional security, no country in East and South Asia, with the possible exception of China’s client North Korea, represents a more immediate threat to its neighbors than does China itself. China, among other things, is territorially expansion and diplomatically and militarily aggressive—using coercion and force in its attempt to take territory from an arc of countries spanning thousands of miles from India to South Korea. Moreso, Beijing is seeking to control and if possible close off peripheral waters—South China Sea, East China Sea, and the Yellow Sea—and the airspace above them.
Worse case cinerio, Chinese ambitions are expanding as state institutions and state media are laying the groundwork for sovereignty claims to Japan’s Okinawa and the rest of the strategic Ryukyu chain.
When the Chinese talk about “democratization,” all they are saying is that every state should have equal influence in the world order. As a practical matter, China seeks an equal level of the existing system that would, first and foremost, diminish American influence.
The United States of America has always been the traditional security provider in East and South Asia, and these days not even North Korea wants to replace the US with China.