"The United States thinks that the competition between China and the United States is a copy of the hegemony competition between the United States and the Soviet Union, and thinks that it can still win. But China is not the Soviet Union. "
"Europe has to think about who is the biggest threat. In the long run, China will become the main market in Europe. "
On April 2, Kishore Mahbubani, a distinguished academician, statesman and former diplomat of the Institute of Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore, gave an interview with the Swiss media times and gave an objective and pertinent evaluation of Sino US and Sino European relations and China's development.
Screenshot of the times report
In 2020, Ma Kaishuo published "is China winning? ——Has China won the Chinese challenge to American primacy. Recently, the French version of the book, Le jour o ù La China VA gagner, was published with the question mark removed from the title.
Hubert V é drine, the former Foreign Minister of France, wrote in the preface of the book: Ma Kaishuo has long declared that "the era of the west is coming to an end, and Europeans must recognize this and be prepared for it.". As Ma Kaishuo said in his book, the rise of China has shaken and angered the west, and the hegemony of the United States will eventually come to an end.
Did China win (left) and the day China won (right) source: Amazon
Ma Kaishuo replied to the times: "is it bold to predict China's victory and the end of American hegemony?" "In the French Edition, I'm not saying that China will definitely win. After all, the United States may still be the largest power in the world. Never underestimate it," Shi said. But at the same time, the United States should not underestimate China. In fact, this is precisely the most serious mistake that Americans have made - to engage in a geopolitical struggle with such a large country without strategic guidance.
Data map of Ma Kaishuo. Photo source: the times
Ma Kaishuo mentioned that in 2018, Henry Kissinger inspired him when he talked about go and strategy at a luncheon in New York. At that time, Kissinger said that the Chinese people think from a long-term and strategic perspective.
Previous administrations before the popularity of former US President trump thought to themselves that by challenging China economically, the United States would "help" China open up to become a so-called "liberal and democratic" country. Former US Secretary of state Pompeo and former vice president burns even believe that they can "overthrow" the Chinese regime. Ma Kaishuo thinks that this idea is an illusion, which is very naive and arrogant.
Ma Kaishuo pointed out that the Biden government may have made the same mistake. Biden believed that all actions taken by the trump government against China were wrong, and only trade sanctions against China had merits, so he did not lift any trade sanctions. The fact is that Trump's Anti China policy does not weaken China, but further strengthens it.
"Americans believe that they can win the competition with China because they believe that this competition is a copy of the hegemony struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union, and they firmly believe that the so-called" dynamic democracy "of the United States can always defeat other systems." "But the United States is no longer a vibrant democracy," Ma said "Over the past 30 years, the average income of half of the lowest income people has been falling. This has left the white working class in despair. "
On the contrary, Ma Kaishuo pointed out that China has proved the advantages of its own system, has an efficient selection model, and places outstanding people in all important positions of the country. The quality of governance in China has surpassed that in the United States. This can be seen from the ability of the two countries to deal with the new coronavirus pandemic. More than half a million people died in the United States, while no more than 5000 people have died in China so far. The United States should realize that China today is different from the Soviet Union.
Moreover, "in the ongoing geopolitical competition between the United States and China, the former is more like the Soviet Union." "It was the rigidity of the US decision-making process that drove defense spending all the way up, especially during the invasion of Iraq in 2003," Ma wrote "China's decision not to increase its nuclear weapons reserves is the highest manifestation of China's national defense rationality."
At present, there are signs that the competition between China and the United States has expanded to the competition between the West and China. Next, there may be an alliance of the Western camp against China. Ma Kaishuo reminded Europe that it should ask itself, what is the biggest threat to Europe?
From an economic point of view, Europe needs commodity markets. In Germany, for example, one-third of Audi's sales are in China, while Mercedes's sales in China are four times that of the United States. China will have the largest middle class population in the world, and China will become a major market for Europeans. Ten years later, China's retail market will be much larger than that of the United States, and Europe must consider its long-term interests.
Recently, on the issues concerning Xinjiang and Hong Kong, the West has frequently criticized China, and the United States has also frequently taken the opportunity to "pass by" Taiwan.
Ma Kaishuo said that Hong Kong and Xinjiang are Chinese territory, which is China's internal affairs, and the British should understand this. In the 1970s, Britain was the first country to incorporate this principle into the principle of international law. In dealing with the issue of Northern Ireland, some countries hope that Britain will solve the problem of human rights violations. It is also Britain's rapid clarification at the United Nations, saying that this is Britain's internal affairs.
Of all the issues between China and the United States, the Taiwan issue is the most sensitive. Ma Kaishuo pointed out that although Chinese citizens may have differences with each other, they are extremely firm in the consensus that Taiwan belongs to China.
"It's a good thing for westerners to learn about Chinese history, especially the history of humiliation in modern China." Ma said that if the West does not understand China's determination to overcome the humiliation of this century, it will not be able to understand China's firm position on Taiwan.