China’s foreign Minister: Don’t get mad, get even.
Google’s censorship issue in China – Grade B- Let’s face it, China won’t lift a finger to uncensor its information. Google was going to pull out from China anyways kicking and screaming on the way out. I do give them high marks of mostly because they didn’t get mad and asked Google to comply laws in China, but they didn’t give an answer about censorship. Why not justify censorship as a security issue while giving vague details.
Cheonan sinking in South Korea – Grade A- I thought China was very skillful in this issue. The world was waiting for China to point a finger North Korea for the blame and they did not get it because China simply did nothing. However, China overreacted when South Korea and the US have war games near China’s capital. They should’ve said that China was no part of the Cheonan Sinking and ‘Gunship diplomacy’ is not welcome.
Iran – Grade A China had an wait and see/do nothing in this issue. When US and other Western Nations cut their economic ties with Iran, China simply shrugged the issue and gained a valuable trading partner.
Taiwan Issue – Grade A+ Things couldn’t been better for China. China was able to stall the 6.4 billion arms sale. China and Taiwan signed the ECFA while putting the DPP in the backburner. They also scored sided with Taiwan on the Daioyu Islands issue as a bonus.
Yuan appreciation/export issue – Grade C Let’s face it, Timothy Geithner’s repeated calls for China to appreciate the Yuan was ferocious and relentless. So doing nothing and harking Yuan is not the problem simply won’t cut it. Refer the US that when China appreciated its Yuan during 2005-6 by 20% it did not return jobs back to US, in fact trade deficit increased during that time. Also mention that it is hard for Chinese companies to invest in the US which would otherwise create jobs in the USA. And complain about the banned exports to China that is not military related.
ASEAN/Spatry Island issue – Grade B- The writings is on the wall when the US took its eyes off the ball from Southeast Asia during the Bush presidency and China was able to take advantage of that. The Obama presidency stopped all that. China’s general went bonkers to say that the Spatry Islands was a ‘core issue’ to China. As a result, the US was able to court the other ASEAN countries pressed for multilateral interests for ‘securing’ trading routes in the South China sea. China should’ve been more proactive than reactive in this issue.
Diaoyu Island dispute – Grade A- China was instrumental in raising nationalistic sentiments in order to get its citizens saying the detention was ‘illegal.’ They get extra brownie points when they made repeated calls to the Japanese foreign minster to China and while claiming that Daioyu Islands was always part of China. However, Japan claimed that China stopped exporting rare earth metals to them. Perhaps China should do just raise the price of rare earth metals citing environmental cost to clean up while mining for these precious metals.
Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel Prize – Grade F Making threats to the Norwegian government, cutting off ties and making Angry statements is a big no no. Many people thinks that Nobel peace is ‘noble’ and this prize is against China’s progress of ‘democracy and freedom.’ My motto is if you can’t kill the message, kill the messenger. Vilify Liu Xiaobo as a writer to show him about his radical views against China and show that he has no interests in ‘Freedoms’ within China. Don’t forget to mention his extensive rapsheet.
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