China has been on the rise Since Mao Zedong Ascended the throne and more Specifically Since the start of 21st Century Chinese economy got boosted due to its involvement in Mega power projects construction, railways, infrastructural developments and many more. With the rise of president Xi Jinping China extended her trade to the shores of Europe and islands of Africa.
Chinese policy of economic growth is based in Chinese game of Wei qi, which is different from chess. in chess, the emphasis is on finding the fastest way to capture the king. In Wei qi the goal is to build up assets slowly and patiently to tip the balance of the game in one’s favor. The goal is a long term one, not short term. China for years has employed this strategy and has shifted the balance of game in her favor. Secondly, the Chinese have also learnt from their masters, what we now call ” the Art of Mastering”. people like Confucius and their teachings have had great impact on the Societal building And Economic growth of China. Confucius teachings focused public morality and government support. The communist party of China SINA MAO has been using this rhetoric for justifying its authoritarian rule and branding its Regime legitimate. This helped in seeking public support and eventually economic growth.
Chinese economy got boosted due to its involvement in mega power projects construction, railways and infrastructural developments
Moreover, projects like BRI have boosted the Chinese economy to a great Extent and is likely to prove as a catalyst in eradicating poverty across Eurasian land. One Example is of China Pakistan economic corridor (CPEC). This project is going to be a game changer for the state of Pakistan both economically and politically. Analyses are of the view that CPEC will prove as a tool in revamping the economic decline and will put the country on the track of prosperity. It is pertinent to mention here that the callous, fragile, and incompetent policies of the US in combating the Chinese rise have paved the way for a stronger and powerful China. The foolish and undiplomatic statements of Donald trump and his predecessors helped China in gaining worldwide support and new allies.
Chinese rise is also attributed to her abstention from huge spending on defense and focusing on economic development. Another factor that is responsible for the Chinese rise is the continuous and frequent diplomatic and geopolitical blunders of American policy makers. The decision of walking away from Iran’s pacific partnership and trump’s trade war against China actually proved as geopolitical gifts for China. Chinese way of advancing is principally based on the teachings of China’s greatest strategic master, Sun Tzu, who said “The supreme Art of war is to subdue your enemy without fighting“. China has embarked upon containing its neighboring countries by Providing economic incentives.
Callous, fragile, and incompetent policies of the US in combating the Chinese rise have paved the way for a stronger and powerful China
China, since it is perceived as a menace for ASEAN in South China sea, has also developed its military capabilities but has not been blamed for the unilateral use of power contrary to unnecessary involvement of America in every region, i.e. Indo-China, Middle East, Europe, etc. which has reduced the American capability to deploy resources against China. Another factor that led to American decline and the rise of China is the misuse of the so called American impression of term “soft power” was the American impression of being domestically successful and having enjoyed “Spiritual Vitality”. In reality the United states is not the champion of freedom but rather the perpetrator of exploitation and oppression against the people of the world and against a large part of its own population. In contrast, the Chinese embarked upon establishing economic relations with other counties for the militaristic nature of China reflects powerful Civilizational impulse.
What makes China lead the sphere of economic development is her persistent and frequent political stability and the culture of governance. China defeated the lethal and contagious coronavirus and her economic activities are back to normal. In spite of being a humongous country, the institutions in China cooperated and responded as a whole to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
It is estimated that Chinese economy which was contributing to the world economy only 3.4 percent in 2008 is going to rise to 24 percent till 2025.
It will be a herculean task for the American leaders and policy makers to take U-turns and contain their counterpart China in this hazardous race of hegemony. By reducing defense budget, extending the sphere of trade network, and patting an end to US Imperialist agendas, America can contain Chinese rise to an extent. For China, it should stop intimidating its neighbors and not keep its commercial hubs, commercial hubs only and not military bases.
About The Author
Hidayat Nasar is student of History at Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. He contributes to various platforms on the topics of history, diplomacy and geopolitics.
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