Asians Thinkers and the New Great Game
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  • Meanwhile, American pundits urge us to become more like China. I suppose we could start by stigmatizing those Falun Gong weirdos…

  • In addition, breeding good, harmonious relations with your neighbors has always proven difficult for tyrants, like those in China.

  • Luke Lea

    “The US ‘pivot’, he says, provides yet more telling evidence that Asia is replacing Europe as the central driving force in world politics.”

    Hard to argue with that. Unless and until,Europe is threatened by total economic collapse and/or military conquest, the action must be elsewhere. I wouldn’t count the Middle East our just yet though.

    Contemporary history and world politics are all about the spread of Western civilization. Or the lack thereof. I mean science, capitalism, and democracy. These are no longer live issues in Europe. So the original statement is almost a tautology.

  • Ken marks

    Regarding Yan Xuetong’s statment: “[China] needs to replace money worship with traditional morality and weed out political corruption in favor of social justice and fairness.” What does this really mean? Wouldn’t the communist party of China say that that’s what they are doing now; that that’s the whole basis of communism? If he’s coming from the communist point of view, then he knows as you well do that the only way to establish these “high ideals” is through the point of a gun. The best that could be said of this is that in the end it’s a meaningless statement because such concepts of social justice and fairness are decided by individual points of view which can diverge by 180 degrees.

  • jan wolf jesse

    Play the two asian giants – us and china – off will work for the smaller states. But when a crisis will emerge big powers no longer offer carrots but demand a commitment to their “stick”.
    In international politics nothing is for free…. therefore all asian countries should persue good bilateral relations with both!

    Empirical evidence shows however a split! For security those nations are reaching out for the us while in the economical realm the are becoming more and more linked with china. This strategy is unsustainable as the struggle for mastery in asia slowly but surely unfolds.

  • Luke Lea

    Isn’t China still an undemocratic society with a centrally planned economy to a very large extent? Most of the major industries are still owned and managed by the government I read in the papers. How is she supposed to win the hearts and minds of the peoples around her? Our task is much simpler, it seems to me, namely, to maintain freedom of the seas in cooperation with those peoples, who depend on that freedom to run their export-oriented economies.

  • Kris

    “the aspirations of Asian countries and peoples.”

    Chinese aspirations:

  • hanmeng

    Yan Xuetong’s article is an embarrassment if you take it as advice directed to those outside China, but perhaps it’s actually directed at the current Chinese regime, warning them they’d [darn] well better shape up. But that’s not very likely.

    • Walter Russell Mead

      @hanmeng: to me, it read like strong advice to the government, delivered very politely.

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