China plans to dominate Asia and the world Social scientist
China plans to dominate Asia and the
A book that came out recently from an American China-watcher says Beijing is out to rule Asia and the world.
In his latest book "Hegemon", author Steven W. Mosher, who lives in White Post, Virginia, and who is known as "the first American social scientist invited to do research in post-revolutionary rural China, and also the first to be asked to leave when he angered the communist government" refers to China's Defense white paper, issued in July 1998, to back his argument.
"China's National Defense"'s opening paragraph says: Mankind is about to enter the 21st century of its history. It is the aspiration of the Chinese government and people to lead a peaceful, stable and prosperous world into the new century".
Fr. Seamus O' Reilly, a Columban missionary, who was one of the last foreign Catholic priests to leave China in 1953, according to a map of the PRC (People's Republic of China) that included all of Southeast Asia within China's borders. "From a Sinocentric perspective", he writes, "all of these territories await 'liberation'".
If Mao Zedong's dreams were not fulfilled while he was alive, he says, it was not for "a lack of will" but rather "a lack of means". The same Marxist-Leninist ideology which propelled him to victory in the Chinese civil war paradoxically denied him the economic clout and military means necessary to rebuild the Chinese imperium.
In contrast, China has been enjoying a phenomenal economic growth since 1992 and, by the PRC's own admission, military spending has increased at a double-digit pace, faster than any other part of the budget.
Moreover, he says "While it is true that Mao's economics has long since been abandoned in favor of marketized Marxism, on many other issues China's political elite continues to hold opinions identical to the late chairman. On the issue of China's proper place in the world.... there is no daylight between the views of Mao Zedong and his successors, Deng Xiaoping and Jiang Zemin".
Mosher also believes China's quest for hegemony may take it through three phases:
Basic Hegemony: The recovery of Taiwan and the assertion of undisputed control over the South China Sea.
Regional Hegemony: The extension of the Chinese empire to the maximum extent of the Qing (the last dynasty).
Global Hegemony: A worldwide contest with the US to replace the current Pax Americana to Pax Sinica.
To contain the "Hegemon", he suggests review of the present policy of strategic cooperation which "come(s) close to an appeasement that puts... all of Asia in jeopardy", a tightening up on its technology transfer policy, deployment of an Asian and then a national missile-defense system, meeting Chinese challenge of power directly through an arms buildup and a policy of confronting aggression wherever it occurs, continuation or restoration of "our alliance with Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines" and above all to facilitate a broad, peaceful evolution in China from communism to democracy.
He concludes that "There is little doubt that the rise of popular sovereignty in China would lead China to moderate, if not entirely abandon, its hegemonic ambitions. Whatever future frictions may arise between a democratically governed China and the US, it is unlikely that an elected government in Beijing would resort to force to resolve them. It is a truism but true nevertheless: Democratic nations do not make war on each other".
With regards to Burma, the following is what he comments:
Myanmar is perhaps China's closest ally in the region. The military dictatorship that dominates that country has found in China an uncritical source of arms, aid, and international support. In return, it has provided the Chinese navy free run of port facilities on Myanmar's offshore islands and listening post on the Indian Ocean. Operating from Myanmar, China can maintain a naval presence in the Indian Ocean as well as strategic leverage on the Strait of Malacca, not to mention Southeast Asia more generally. The Beijing-Rangoon alliance enables China to bracket India between two allies, Myanmar and Pakistan, and effectively thwart New Delhi's regional ambitions in South Asia.