It’s like in the middle there is you, mom and dad, your granny and grandpa, uncle, aunts and cousins, and then there are your good friends. Moving out a bit there are those people who you see regularly and are on friendly terms with and so the series of concentric circles extends outwards until you are on the street, away from your social equals in one of the up market malls, and ….. well, it is almost like the only law is the law of the jungle. This is the People’s Republic of China and in, or even close to, the middle they would almost die for you and at the periphery they would be quite happy to watch you die or, indeed, providing they had the “Guanxi” even to kill you.
Yes, although civil society is developing, China can still be a pretty brutal place and that is why Hillary Clinton’s drivel a few days ago, unlike her drivel yesterday which just left me shaking my head, ….. well, made me shiver! Marking the 40th anniversary of U.S. President Richard Nixon’s groundbreaking 1972 trip to Beijing, the U.S. Secretary of State told China that it “must” demonstrate that it is ready to sign on to a “rules-based” system. Yes, there is Hillary, still throwing tantrums because she didn’t get her own way on Syria and because the Chinese, according to the warped logic of Wall Street and Washington, are protecting their currency and taking short cuts to win trade advantages.
Alright, so what is the scenario for China and the rest of us, if it follows the dictates of what is a rather strong modal verb of obligation and get in line with a “rules based” system? Well, Hillary tells us that following the rules would enable Beijing to “become a more responsible international partner on everything from trade policy to global security”. However, she forgets to mention that the rules, of course, are American rules and as Andrew J. Bacevich in his book, ‘Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War” points out those rules mean that the American military is used not for defence but for global power projection and interventionism. Therefore, is America saying just accept that and you can pick up some crumbs from the table, or is it an invitation for the Chinese to actively participate in dividing up the cake? Considering the size, the economic growth, and the growing influence of the China, there is enough evidence to suggest that it is the latter.
Now that is where it really becomes creepy; for there is China, this series of concentric circles, where on the periphery people are still getting shit on and spat on and there is Uncle Sam extending an invitation for it to become a “responsible international partner, and to spit and shit, as Uncle Sam does, on people all over the globe. No, let them protect their Renminbi, let them develop their civil society, let them use their veto to hamper the geopolitical threat to their existence, and who knows, when they do become a “responsible international partner” they might be a little bit more civil, a little more capable of seeing past the inner-circle both at home and abroad, and a little more diplomatic, and responsible, in their dealings with the underdog. Indeed, they might even be in a position to set up a better, more just, “rules-based system”. Of course, that has to be the hope, but when I see how people treat each other in mainland China, my reaction to Hillary is …… Hillary what are you doing? It is bad enough with you people fucking up here, there and everywhere, let them limit their fuck-ups to what is, whether the strategists in Washington like it or not, the People’s Republic of China.