A Chinese article titled, “Four Things Not Anticipated and Ten Points” was spread on the Internet recently. The article, commenting on how Beijing has misjudged the U.S., was said to be written by Dai Xu, a strategist with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
However, Dai Xu, a China’s military hawk, issued a statement on his Weibo account that he didn’t write this article. (#1, Weibo)
Later, Chinascope found that a copy of the article, said to be written by Ling A’feng, was posted on the Internet on July 15, 2018. (#2, CReaders)
The points in the article are worth reading though, as they show a moderate or liberal view from the Chinese side on U.S. and China relations. The following are highlights of the points from the article (#3, U.S.-China Perception Monitor):
As to the Sino-U.S. relations, there are a few things that the Chinese people did not anticipate that would happen:
- The U.S. has such a big antagonism against China. The Chinese people never thought that the U.S. government would run its public relations machine at full strength, denouncing China to the maximum extent, describing China as the “trade hooligans” who should never be forgiven, and pushing the “China threat” theory to a new level.
- The U.S. government has acted so ruthlessly, in such a short time frame, and given (China) no time to negotiate.
- Not a single country has stood up to show sympathy and support for China.
- The Republic Party and the Democratic Party in the U.S. have formed a united front (against China).
China must revise its understanding of the U.S.:
- Don’t assume that the U.S. is a “paper tiger” (a Chinese idiom for something that looks powerful from outside but is actually weak). On the contrary, the U.S. is a real tiger and can eat people.
- Don’t hope that the U.S. will forever make mistakes. It has a correction mechanism for its mistakes and will not forever carry the ‘political correctness’ policy.
- The U.S. does not pay serious attention to ideology and value systems; it only cares about economic and trade interests.
- Do not go to the U.S. to say it openly, “I want to surpass you and replace you; I want to be the world’s number one.”
- The U.S. is not afraid of offending someone. It has many allies, but it, for sure, will not sacrifice its own interests to please an ally.
- China should acknowledge that the U.S. is the “world’s number one.” Though it might be hard (for some Chinese) to accept it emotionally, but emotion cannot replace reality.
- Do not mention “sharing information” in front of the U.S. The U.S. is big on intellectual property. If you keep showing off your achievements obtained from “information sharing,” then you are a “technology thief” in the eyes of the U.S.
- The U.S. is a master at playing strategy games. Don’t let the Americans aim their strategies at you.
- Don’t hope that the Presidential election in the U.S. will change its national strategy.
- Don’t naively assume that you are fighting just the U.S. The U.S. has a lot of strategic allies. It represents universal values. If it acts, other countries will follow; even if some countries may not want to follow, eventually they will still line up with the U.S. Keep this in mind: if the U.S. increases 30 billion dollars in tariffs on you, (you will get) 60 billion, 90 billion, or even more tariffs (as other countries may follow suit).
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1. Excerpt in Chinese:
Source: Weibo, May 5, 2020
2. CReaders, July 15, 2018
3. Excerpt in Chinese:
Source: U.S.-China Perception Monitor, May 4, 2020