Why is China’s development a problem?

Houhai area in the Nanshan District of Shenzhen, south China’s Guangdong Province, September 17, 2020. / Xinhua

Houhai area in the Nanshan District of Shenzhen, south China’s Guangdong Province, September 17, 2020. / Xinhua

Editor’s Note: Ismail Bashmori is an Egyptian observer who lives in Toronto, Canada. This is an abridged version of the author’s original article. The article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of CGTN.

As an Egyptian observer, I have studied China over the past year – its government, its society, its history and its transformation – and have spoken with hundreds of Chinese people and those who hate China. in the past three months. I have seen the great achievements of China, as well as the hatred and fear of some Western politicians.

The history of China since the 1980s is one of an almost divine metamorphosis. The country has put an end to extreme poverty, taken the lead in the deployment of the global 5G network, launched three astronauts on its new central space station module, landed its Zhurong rover on Mars …

China is developing. It is a problem?

Some Western countries hate and fear the rapid development of a once weak country. They cannot believe that their 400 year old world supremacy is in question. This is why, although the United States has killed millions of people and screwed up several regions over the past 30 years, your TV, your newspapers, your Google news feed and your social networks all doom 24/7 China, which has not sanctioned any country or overthrown any foreign government. None of the accusations made by Western politicians and media are supported by evidence.

A night view of Lujiazui in Pudong in east China’s Shanghai, Jan. 14, 2021. / Xinhua

A night view of Lujiazui in Pudong in east China’s Shanghai, Jan. 14, 2021. / Xinhua

China is not affected by the noise and maneuvers of its enemies. What is happening now, the stupid “new cold war”, is nothing. During its first 20 years, from 1949 to 1971, China was essentially stranded and isolated economically and politically by the West. It did not have a seat in the United Nations General Assembly. And it was very poor at the time, barely a grain of the world economy – not even capable of preventing famine. And he still has not been pressured or received orders from foreign countries. Why the hell would he do it now?

Some countries seem “warm” enough to “lead” others. As Jimmy Carter pointed out, the United States has experienced only 16 years of peace in its 240-year history. Besides the four great wars in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States also invaded Lebanon, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Panama, Somalia, Bosnia, Haiti, Kosovo, Libya , Uganda and Syria.

Are you not at least curious to see what a world could look like without the leading actions of a warrior nation in the future?

Imagine a world where the United States and Australia are no more important than Uzbekistan or Paraguay. A world where the International Court of Justice could have its seat in Kuala Lumpur, the World Bank in New Delhi, the United Nations in Jakarta, the International Monetary Fund in Cairo. A world freed from the American banking system and the dollar as a reserve currency so that Washington can no longer tell 200 other countries with whom they can and cannot trade. A world where no country can escape war crimes and no one can escape their hometown.

I see China as a hope. To hope that a colonized, brutalized and humiliated country can rise above its past – refuse to be weaker – rebuild itself from nothing with iron determination and become too strong to be invaded again by the Western aggressors. I hope that a non-Western country can find its own solutions to its problems, proving that relying on the “leader” and interference from the West is unnecessary and sometimes even foolish.

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