Does China’s Foreign Policy Lack Moral Grounding – Yes

It is well known amongst international foreign affair analysts that China does what is best for the Chinese, regardless of how it affects others in the world. Over the last decade they have been a little more cognizant of what is expected in the world and are a little more careful in not doing anything too drastic. Still, they trade with rogue nations, and problematic regimes that are involved in human rights violations.

Some would say that we must understand China, as it hasn’t been all that long since they themselves had been involved in huge human rights issues. In fact, some say that their endeavors in Burma, Tibet, and Uruqmi areas along their border is where many human rights abuses have taken place, yes, in the last year even.

Perhaps, this helps us understand why China is so willing to do business with rogue nations in Africa, the Middle East, and South America. It also helps one understand why they are willing to sell weapons to these countries that would use them against their own people, and use them to threaten the United States of America, even though the United States has been China’s greatest trading partner and helped them increase their GDP to 10% year-over-year growth for the last 2 1/2 decades.

It would appear to the obvious observer that China lacks a moral grounding in its foreign-policy. This is quite problematic, and as it becomes the number two nation for economic output in the world, it will get the notice for its international behavior. The world will become more and more frustrated and upset with China’s actions.

It’s time for the Chinese Government to dump this abstract pragmatism, and become a nation that does what’s best for all concerned, lest it be labeled a rogue nation itself as it will be judged by the company it keeps and its actions the world over. Needless to say, I have not been too impressed with China lately, and if it wants respect, it needs to earn it. Please consider all this.

BOLA TANGKAS