Bin Laden Strike Bad For China? [Ed. – add extra ?] ?

In Thursday’s edition of China’s Communist Party-owned Global Times newspaper, the lead editorial was headlined, “After Bin Laden, will China become US’s foe?” Hoping that economic integration would defuse “right-wing paranoia” about China in the United States, the editorial nevertheless concluded: “The rise of China is certain to cause friction” in America. On Friday, the paper led with an editorial that referenced an interview I had given the Global Times in late April to admit that “China could be the loneliest rising power in world history.”

Of course, editorials in state-owned newspapers do not always mirror the Communist Party’s thinking or policies. But in this case, these two editorials remind us of two related points about Beijing’s worldview. First, China respects and even fears the United States more than the vast majority of Americans probably realize. And second, China’s sense of isolation is not an act but acute and real — and Osama bin Laden’s death will only accelerate America’s reengagement with its Asian allies and partners at China’s expense.

That’s certainly one way to spin it. How would you?


  1. sglover says

    But it’s the “unbalanced loads” that have made me a faithful reader — don’t fix **that**!!

    Right now (at the job — don’t tell my boss!) the site seems to be working as expected. I’ll let you know if I see anything untoward at home. On the site, I mean…..

    Thanks for the quick response!

  2. DrLeoStrauss says

    Hi, have talked to the host technical support and they confirmed the server was under ‘unbalanced loads’, corrected matters and say things should be better. Are they? Anyone else experiencing a non-working site? Mea culpa and please know we’re on the case . . .

  3. Comment says

    Imagine Gerson telling Spitzer that Candy is a total pro and provides an amazing experience, Spitzer responds: ‘does she take visa?’

  4. Dr Leo Strauss says

    Hi, thanks for the heads up. Will check code today.

    As a first step, already transferred recent multi-media to YouTube. Those files’ streams now on the Googleplex might speed things up. If anyone has suggestions or specific problems please do drop a line.

  5. sglover says

    I just sent you an e-mail about how your site seems to be broken, with some symptoms. Here’s another — older posts like this one render fine. But starting roughly a week ago the behavior of the site has been off. Hope you can fix it soon.

  6. Dr Leo Strauss says

    It wasn’t that long ago when one eschewed fluffing a sponsor on the Rialto at Noon in favor of more private, delicate circumstances. Thank goodness Twitter doesn’t have sound and smell-O-ramma yet. Small mercies.

  7. Dr Leo Strauss says

    Henry the K on the Sino-American strategic relationship:

    China finally escaped from Mao Zedong’s mad doctrine of perpetual revolution and from the enfeebling nostrums of central planning; it became an industrial powerhouse. The Soviet Union and its empire collapsed. And the United States, feeling supreme, began promoting democracy with missionary zeal even as it grew dangerously addicted to foreign oil, goods and credit. The radical shift in the balance of power turned China and the United States into mutually dependent economic giants, but it left them without an overarching strategic design of partnership.

    It is to demonstrate the need for such a design that Kissinger reviews the ups and downs of Sino-American relations, reaching even into ancient Chinese history to define national characteristics. (He finds it apt that the Chinese like to play “wei qi,” or “go,” a protracted game of encirclement while we play chess, looking for control of the center and total victory.) Kissinger draws heavily on much recent scholarship and on notes of his trips to Beijing to celebrate the pragmatism of Mao’s successors. He says they are content to remain within their restored historic frontiers, willing to await a peaceful reunion with Taiwan, and most determined to continue their remarkable economic growth and to eradicate China’s still widespread poverty. He is less confident about America’s capacity to sustain a steady foreign policy, noting that “the perpetual psychodrama of democratic transitions” is a constant invitation to other nations to “hedge their bets” on us.

    As students of Kissinger well know, he has long considered democracy to be a burden on statecraft — both the clamor of democracy within the United States and our agitations for democracy in other lands.

    Proof, however, that longevity does NOT equal maturing insight? The gem below speaks for itself.

    And President George W. Bush, despite his “freedom agenda,” earns Kissinger’s praise for overcoming “the historic ambivalence between America’s missionary and pragmatic approaches,” by means of “a sensible balance of strategic priorities.”

  8. Comment says

    Pretty sure China worries about their Pak allies as much as we do – Though it seems they get more out of the relationship. Obviously the cannot grow at the rate they are used to – But a shark has to keep moving. Japan’s quiescence surely will pass by the next gen. I think USA is fine – We need better education for the lower class – lots of other stuff, but hey ok.

    Here’s some comic relief – recall this:

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