QUOTE (swingdoctor @ Dec 8 2010, 07:37 PM)
I'm Australian and although I'm personally ashamed by what Kevin Rudd has said, I think most people here are making a mountain out of a mole hill.
Firstly he says China should be invited to be more active in whats happening around the world, is this bad? China is on its way to becoming a superpower shouldn't she have more influence around the world.
Secondly he sticks his foot in his mouth when he says China should have action taken against her if she acts "irresponsibly", but what does "irresponsibly" mean? Personally if by this he means if China invades Taiwan I would agree with him, if he by "irresponsibly" means if China doesn't start recognising intellectual property rights then I would disagree with him. No definition of "irresponsible" is given and we are also only given one line in the whole dispatch, in what context is he saying this?
Actually China already very active in whats happening around the world, I didn't lie to you, you can see China is very active (if you can read Chinese newspaper or actively follow the China news). But there are miscommunication between the West, China and the rest of the world.
You must know that the world today are divided into 2 bloc, the West and the Non-Bloc. The non-bloc is a neutral group like China, India, Russia, Pakistan, Egypt, Brazil, etc........you call all this as the third world. Although the non-bloc have acknowledge the agreement with the western vision of liberty, economy and science, but when it come to world peace, they have different view. This placing China in the crossroad, as the non-bloc member and as fulfilling the West will.
The non-bloc didn't want to isolate Iran but we also agree that Iran should not develop nuclear weapon. India, Russia, Brazil, Indonesia, etc don't want to isolate Iran. Look at India-Iran cooperation, Brazil-Iran relationship, etc. So does China. We feel guilty because we are in the crossroad, if we isolate Iran, every people around the world will hate us and if we don't, the West saw us as enemy, supporting evil regime (which the non-bloc countries didn't think so).
The same case with North Korea. The non-bloc don't want a war in Korea, they hate N Korea poverty and isolation, like most of Chinese will too, but they want peaceful development, helping N Korea economy and building good relationship with S Korea that one day this both countries can united peacefully. China already did a lot of effort and finally N Korea agree to end Korean War forever early this year. A big progress, but rejected by US. US even take the step further by held world largest military drill in front of N Korea for a country who willingly to end Korean War forever. Said China didn't do anything to N Korea. We did a lot, but different from the US will.
In Myanmar case. US portrayed China as helping Myanmar regime because we don't want to isolate Myanmar. The non-bloc don't want to isolate Myanmar too. Look at ASEAN, a regional organization in SE Asia, they accept Myanmar as the member, do trading and economy cooperation. But every mistake blamed to China.
In my opinion and many people opinion in many third world countries I visited, US reputation is not very good. The reason is because of his own vision of world domination and aggressive attitude toward any countries who disagree with US will. US and the West think they have a right of the whole world as the winner of the Cold War. This is not a secret and I didn't lie to you. You can check by yourself.
Should China follow the US step? It is good for China to remain neutral and befriend to everyone like the rest of non-bloc. We good with the West and every single countries around the globe. It is bad for China to involve in to invade other countries for the sake of US interest.
You probably will say, what US did is for world peace. I didn't blame for US contribution to the world peace, but it also raise suspicious among non-bloc members. There are United Nation. Why should the West act alone and abandon UN? Is because non-bloc members outnumber the West? A big obstacle to US will and interest? We all willingly to send peace corps and helping the negotiation.
Like in the climate talk or G20? When non-bloc countries outnumber the West bloc. It is also a suspicious to us, why the West never discuss first with non-bloc countries to resolve world problems, always act alone. You know that many non-bloc countries don't have any voices to the world affair. The vocal non-bloc members who oppose US ways, always be labeled as the evil or extremist.
You didn't know that the relationship between China and Taiwan is very good? And also with Japan and S Korea, before US held the military drill. You can find many articles last years about good relationship between China-Japan-S Korea. We did nothing wrong, but suddenly accused from everything.
I have been visited some western countries, and it is very surprising that the people there don't know anything about the non-bloc. They just saw the rest of the world is backward and unorganized. Quite surprising for countries who claim to have a free press. I think you should open your eyes, the world will became multipolar and more democratic.