Xinhua Commentary: "Anything-but-China" mindset won't make U.S. better

Source: Xinhua| 2021-08-07 16:21:25|Editor: huaxia

BEIJING, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- Politicians in the United States have been dramatically scaling up their anti-China campaign by approving another arms sales deal to Taiwan, peddling the so-called "China threat" theory among Asian countries, and continuing to smear China's human rights records.

It seems that the minds of China hawks in Washington have been completely hijacked by the absurd "anything-but-China," or ABC, mindset: China must be wrong, and China is to blame for America's decaying democracy. In their pitiful logic, America can only win by taking China down.

What they fail to recognize, as a recent Vox article pointed out, is that "the real drivers of democratic collapse are domestic," and that centering on China "is not only wrong, but potentially dangerous."

In fact, China has become a big "bogeyman" in American politics in recent years. When U.S. politicians fail to manage a problem, like the widening wealth gap, spiking gun violence, crumbling infrastructure, deepening racial discrimination or most recently the surging pandemic, they almost uniformly point a finger at China.

Under the stewardship of politicians who blame China for their own incompetence, the U.S. has so far produced the most COVID-19 infections and related deaths in the world despite its first-class medical technology and facilities as well as top-tier talent. The U.S. has failed to contain the disease, resulting in a human rights catastrophe for its people.

Nearly 40 percent of American adults are struggling to cover even a 400-U.S.-dollar emergency expense; and some 18 million Americans still have no access to any broadband network.

Blaming China simply cannot make those problems vanish in thin air. Many inside the U.S. have already recognized what is wrong. According to a recent Ipsos poll, 75 percent of Americans believe the U.S. political system should be less divisive and more constructive.

America's diminishing global hegemony is another factor fueling the country's anti-China stance.

Since the 19th century, the U.S. has expanded its spheres of influence from the Americas to the Asia-Pacific. Following the end of the Second World War, Washington has reaped massive gains through military and financial hegemony and by trying to dictate international rules of the road and push its values around the world.

Thus the sole purpose of America's foreign policy now focuses on maintaining its global supremacy. However, the "unipolar moment" that once existed in the wake of the Cold War has already passed. The world is more multilateral, where all countries are inextricably interconnected and entitled to develop and prosper in their own way.

While Washington is flexing its muscle around China's territory, badmouthing Beijing with groundless charges, and imposing coercive and unilateral sanctions, it should know that doing so won't contain China's development or help the U.S. bring back its "unipolar moment." Instead, such moves will only destroy America's own reputation and hurt its own interests.

Stirring up an ideological confrontation between China and the West is a shot U.S. politicians fire to satisfy a hubris deeply embedded in American culture.

These narcissistic politicians continue to believe in "American exceptionalism." They continue to believe their country is the so-called "city upon a hill," and attempt to export their version of "democracy" and "human rights" to other parts of the world through either coercion or infiltration in the hope of colonizing the minds of others.

In their eyes, there is no such thing as equality among or respect for different cultures. When they face a different culture or political system, they will naturally choose to dread, reject and demonize.

Pentagon analyst Thomas P. Ehrhard coined the phrase "the pathology of victory" to describe America's delusional triumphalism and Western-centric mentality. And just as he noted, "history exacts a price for hubris."

The ABC mindset will never make the U.S. a better country, nor will it stop China from moving forward. U.S. politicians should realize that fact if they have any real interest in saving America.

Just as economics commentator Martin Wolf cautioned in a recent Financial Times opinion article, "China is not the greatest threat to our interests and values: we have met the enemy and it is us." Enditem