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It is US policies that move on wrong side of history

The director of the US National Economic Council Larry Kudlow has stated he believes China is “moving on the wrong side of history.”

“They’re not the Soviet Union, but this kind of government control, statism, never works for long,” he said in a report from Sinclair Broadcast Group.

It would be interesting to learn why Kudlow thinks China is on the wrong side of history while the US is supposedly on its right side.

Could one explanation be because the Trump administration started a trade war or once again raised tariffs, efforts which history has proven will become obsolete?

Look at what the Trump administration has done so far. It despises the multilateral international trading system, claiming major economies have used it to take advantage of the US.

It has launched successive attacks on other multilateral systems while withdrawing from UNESCO, the Iran nuclear deal and the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia.

Its actions have created chaos to the international order unheard of since the start of the new millennium.

The US trade war against China has severely impaired the global supply chain and threatened worldwide economic prospects.

The US is also the first superpower to embrace populism, and has done so by repeatedly declaring its “US first” policy to the world.

This has been one of the most devastating blows to economic globalization delivered by Washington.

As a result of all this there is little chance any country would sincerely believe that the US is on the right side of anything.

At least half of the US population, if not more, believes their country has made huge mistakes, while the remaining half can only see the immediate gains without considering future development or whether their country is right or wrong.

By contrast, while remaining true to its path, China has achieved industrialization, prosperity, and world-renowned accomplishments.

Seeking truth from facts

Over the course of a few decades, China was able to complete this process, while it took western countries much longer to achieve similar milestones.

The people and the facts will have the last word when determining what is correct and incorrect.

The Chinese know what’s best for their country, and they understand what needs to be done.

They will uphold the principles of “seeking truth from facts” and make adjustments accordingly. Kudlow’s combined experience and knowledge are far from enough to have an influence on China.

Does Kudlow possess the mental faculties required to comprehend the governance of a superpower that has a population of 1.4 billion based solely on Western media bias?

The economy is the same. However, one involves the wellbeing of 1.4 billion people through rapid economic growth, while the other is trying to make life better for 300 million. Do these two circumstances tell the same story?

Simply put, Western politicians from countries with less significant populations are unqualified to teach China anything, let alone how to run the country.

It would be like a child riding a go-kart and screaming at adults while teaching them how to drive the world’s largest truck. Chinese have never passed on the opportunity to learn from others.

In fact, we have been learning from other countries since the reform and opening-up. However, Chinese humility is not shackled to Washington’s arrogance as a teacher and its tactics of hegemony.

It would be best if Washington focused on their own affairs. The US is experiencing polarizing racism while becoming more peremptory toward the outside, provoking a confrontation.

How far the US will go in the new century is something Washington should consider.

Washington should be aware that due to its smooth progress since gaining independence, as well as the vast population gap, it is failing to conceive of a modern world that includes China’s participation.

Pride has always been a significant US failing. A country must learn how to be modest and restrained.

Moving in the same direction is the best choice when minimizing risks for both sides.

Confrontation should not be a 21st-century game. It is a trap that China and the US should work together to avoid.




 

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