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China under Xi and Li and US under Bush and Cheney

by on Jun.21, 2014, under Posts>Opinions>Politics>World Affairs>China>Posts>Opinions>Politics>World Affairs

It may seem oversimplifying to say China under Xi and Li is similar to US under Bush and Cheney. But there are indeed quite many similarities between the two. Domestically, housing prices in China are forbiddingly high for most working people. Internationally, China is bullying weaker countries that happen to be in conflict of interest with China.* Both of these two problems will hinder China’s development into the most powerful country in the world, as China has desired, just as similar problems have brought US down from being the most powerful country in the world.

So now, we have a world in which these two countries are both quite strong, but neither is strong enough to lead the other. There will be sort of a breakdown in world order. Since they have both been proven to be undeserving of the title of a world leader, we have to look elsewhere for world leadership. UN member countries will have to be more assertive, more proactive. We can not wait for a big country to lead. Smaller countries doing the right things and being united will be able to lead the world also.

* Japan is weak in China’s eyes because of Japan’s bad past reputation which resulted from Japan’s past aggression, and Japan’s bad current reputation which resulted from the Japanese government’s refusal to acknowledge Japan’s wartime past.

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