The Dragon Manifesto
The Global Times is a news daily that caters to China’s ruling Communist Party. The paper announces cultural and social events and tracks of China's achievements in its space program, and in the sciences, education, technology, and business. China's unique form of communism is one that likes to plan ahead, driven by an ever-evolving social vision. Their goals can be very long and ambitious, like stabilizing the size of the population (the one-child program), in order to lift tens of millions out of poverty and into a sustainable consumer class. The Party's goals can also be shorter and more targeted, such as the current anti-corruption sweep and systems-reform that will be designed to avert recurrence, similar to the New Deal era banking regulations that did the same.
The Sleeping Dragon Wakes Up
China's Communist Party [CCP] also adheres to a Five-Year Plan and a Ten-Year Plan, which is set by current Party Members. The Party's overarching ambition is to continuously modernize the nation while supporting the growth of a strong and healthy society where the People can develop their own unique gifts and contributions. The Global Times lets Readers keep track of the progress the Party makes and the milestones they meet in executing the goals they set. The CCP has also looked outward, beyond its own borders, where they have formed productive diplomatic relationships, solid friendships, and economic partnerships throughout the world. In recent years, China has developed a vision for expanded trade and new economic opportunity — especially for the undeveloped land-locked countries of the Eastern Hemisphere. With the funding and leadership to back it up, China made an ambitious commitment to build a modern transportation and shipping infrastructure that will connect all parts of the Eastern Hemisphere, by land and by sea.
Diplomatically, China holds to a "golden mean" of unassuming moderation and modesty. The Chinese are historically a non-interventionalist people, and they have adapted remarkably well to dealing with the more belligerent and aggressive West. For example, when Western leaders speak about China, they blithely make remarks and accusations that are insulting and sometimes shocking to the Chinese — but the Chinese have learned to brush the harsh rhetoric and hyperbole aside. As one might suppose, the Trump Administration has been a challenge for them, made exponentially more difficult by the year-long Neocon struggle and coup over US foreign policy decisions. In the world's eyes, the US has changed dramatically — gone is the dignity and lawfulness it once maintained. The US is now openly unethical and threatening, both at the UN and on the world stage. The abrupt US Trade War it waged against China left them angry and bewildered, especially after so much effort was spent in formal diplomacy. Newspaper editorials ask, "Does the US not realize that it can only lose in such a war; that its economy will suffer?" The editorials published in the Global Times, seem to straddle annoyance on one hand, and concern on the other. The Chinese are still unaware that their very existence offends the US Empire. That lesson has yet to be learned.
Meanwhile, China's measured public response finally did snap, after witnessing the international spectacle of Russia being bullied by the US and UK over the Skripal poisoning in London. The Intellectual unfairness of the condemnation of Russia, followed by the unprecedented expulsion of scores of diplomats has pushed China into a state of general outrage. The Global Times recently published a scorching editorial reminding the West that China is watching the goings-on and assessing the West’s disregard of basic courtesies and lack of due process. The editorial notes that other countries – including implicitly China – may one day find themselves in the same crosshairs. The point is made that Western powers in no way reflect the values of “the world community.” To me, the editorial reads like a manifesto. See what you think:
Russian diplomat expulsions
Signal crude side of Western intention
On March 26, the US, Canada, and several European Union countries expelled Russian diplomats from their respective foreign embassies and consulates in retaliation against Russia's alleged poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter. As of this writing, 19 countries, including 15 EU member states, have shown their support to Great Britain by enforcing such measures.
On March 4, Skripal and his daughter Yulia were rushed to a hospital after they were found unconscious at a park in Salisbury. It was later reported the father and daughter had come into contact with an obscure nerve agent. UK government officials said the Skripals were attacked by "Novichok," a powerful Soviet-era chemical nerve agent used by the military.
The British government did not provide evidence that linked Russia to the crime but was confident from the beginning there could be no other "reasonable explanation" for the attempted assassination. Great Britain was so convinced of their Russia theory, they wasted no time taking the lead in levying sanctions against the country by quickly expelling Russian diplomats from London. Shortly afterward, UK capital officials reached out to NATO and their European allies who provided immediate support.
The accusations that Western countries have hurled at Russia are based on ulterior motives, similar to how the Chinese use the expression "perhaps it's true" to seize upon the desired opportunity. From a third-person perspective, the principles and diplomatic logic behind such drastic efforts are flawed, not to mention that expelling Russian diplomats almost simultaneously is a crude form of behavior. Such actions have little impact other than increasing hostility and hatred between Russia and their Western counterparts.
The UK government should have an independent investigation conducted into the Skripal poisoning by representatives from the international community. An effort such as this would provide results strong enough for those following the case to make up their minds on who should or shouldn't be accused of the crime. Now, the majority of those who support Britain's one-sided conclusion happen to be members of NATO and the EU, while others stood behind the UK due to long-standing relations.
The fact that major Western powers can gang up and "sentence" a foreign country without following the same procedures other countries abide by and according to the basic tenets of international law is chilling. During the Cold War, not one Western nation would have dared to make such a provocation and yet today it is carried out with unrestrained ease. Such actions are nothing more than a form of Western bullying that threatens global peace and justice.
Over the past few years, the international standard has been falsified and manipulated in ways never seen before. The fundamental reason behind reducing global standards is rooted in post-Cold War power disparities. The US, along with their allies, jammed their ambitions into the international standards so their actions, which were supposed to follow a set of standardized procedures and protocol, were really nothing more than profit-seizing opportunities designed only for themselves. These same Western nations activated in full-force public opinion-shaping platforms and media agencies to defend and justify such privileges.
As of late, more foreign countries have been victimized by Western rhetoric and nonsensical diplomatic measures. In the end, the leaders of these nations are forced to wear a hat featuring slogans and words that read "oppressing their own people," "authoritarian," or "ethnic cleansing," regardless of their innocence.
It is beyond outrageous how the US and Europe have treated Russia. Their actions represent a frivolity and recklessness that has grown to characterize Western hegemony that only knows how to contaminate international relations. Right now is the perfect time for non-Western nations to strengthen unity and collaborative efforts among one another. These nations need to establish a level of independence outside the reach of Western influence while breaking the chains of monopolization declarations, predetermined adjudications and come to value their own judgment abilities.
It's already understood that to achieve such international collective efforts is easier said than done as they require foundational support before anything can happen. Until a new line of allies emerges, multi-national associations like BRICS, or even the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, need to provide value to those non-Western nations and actively create alliances with them.
What Russia is experiencing right could serve as a reflection of how other non-Western nations can expect to be treated in the not-to-distant future. Expelling Russian diplomats simultaneously is hardly enough to deter Russia. Overall, it's an intimidation tactic that has become emblematic of Western nations, and furthermore, such measures are not supported by international law and therefore unjustified. More importantly, the international community should have the tools and means to counterbalance such actions.
The West is only a small fraction of the world and is nowhere near the global representative it once thought it was. The silenced minorities within the international community need to realize this and prove just how deep their understanding is of such a realization by proving it to the world through action. With the Skripal case, the general public does not know the truth, and the British government has yet to provide a shred of evidence justifying their allegations against Russia.
It is firmly believed that accusations levied by one country to another that are not the end results of a thorough and professional investigation should not be encouraged. Simultaneously expelling diplomats is a form of uncivilized behavior that needs to be abolished immediately.
This is not going to go away. Few seem to realize that China holds the better hand, by far, if the world decides to sit at their table and deal.