A conciliatory move by China and US is what the world hopes for.
The world has been anxious about the beating of war drums emanating from the Asia Pacific particularly in the South China Sea. The situation led our former PM Kevin Rudd to warn of a possible Hot war. It worries many ordinary peoples in Australia and around the world.
It is pleasing to see a recent official response from China about the current tense international situation between US and China. The world should breathe a sigh of relief for the conciliatory speech of Ambassador Cui Tiankai at the Webinar on 13 August 2020 delivered to 20 former government officials and scholars of the American side on issues related to China-US relations, at the invitation of President John R Allen of the Brookings Institution.
Main points of Ambassador Cui's speech are listed below for your information.
1. Confrontation makes China more resolute: "Maybe some believe that driving up confrontation could slow down and contain China's development, and even bring about a regime change. This is nothing but wishful thinking. History has proved time and again that external pressure will only lead to greater unity of the Chinese people, stronger cohesion of the Chinese society and better resilience of the Chinese economy".
2. A strong reminder of the folly of war: “…mention the bitter costs the United States and other countries paid in the two hot wars, i.e. the Korean War and the Vietnam War, which were fought during the Cold War”.
3. China seeks peace: . “we need to live in peace, strive for co-evolution, properly manage our differences, expand cooperation, and build a comprehensive, stable and constructive relationship”
4. China is ready to be a player in the rule-based world: “ China has been an active participant, supporter and contributor of the current international system. Meanwhile, as a major country with an ancient civilization, China's integration would inevitably bring changes to the international system, which needs to make adjustments accordingly.
5. China’s plea to the US to avoid the Thucydides Trap: .” Will the United State be ready to work with China and other countries to ensure that the international order and global system will meet the needs of the entire international community, and address various global risks and challenges? Or instead, will the US remain obsessed with zero-sum game and major-power competition, let the situation spiral out of control and fall into the "Thucydides Trap"? This is a fundamental choice the United States has to make”.
6. China is committed to work with US in peace: China remains committed to working with the United States to overcome the difficulties and build a future-oriented relationship based on coordination, cooperation and stability
The current international "warring" situation is a sad reflection of our human failure and civilization. How can we stop the similar mistakes that our so-called ruling elites, keep making and showing off the glory of killing one another to prove their worthiness and strength? After the horrible Second WW, we have created the solutions to prevent war in the Charters of United Nations. We have strengthened the universal knowledge and values of a good civilian governance and rule of laws. But the ruling elites seem readily getting addicted to military power and greed and forget the virtue of what a good Government should be? How can we create a better nation and a better world without war and violent conflict? Imaging the trillions and trillions of dollars wasted in wars and military expenditures if put to good use for civilians, we could have created so many peaceful thriving nations and a glorious peaceful world catered for all global citizens of various multicultural backgrounds, colours, races, religions, beliefs etc. How can we instil all these simple knowledge and values into the mind of our so-called ruling elites? This is a trillion-dollar question.
We are not here to defend China or make out that she is perfect or better than the US. We are here to make a case that no matter what the disagreement between the US and China, there is never good enough reason to go to war especially a potential nuclear war. Both the history of China and US showed that they had committed bad mistakes causing untold human killings and sufferings.
The conciliatory moves by Ambassador Cui should be appreciated by the world as a genuine desire of China to live in a harmonious international rule-based world. We hope there will be a similar friendly reciprocal gesture from US so that we all can move forward constructively to create a better peaceful world for all of us and not just some of us.
(Disclaimer: AMID the cold war mentality, we have to stress that we do not write for the Chinese government. We are an independent Australian NGO think tank group, hoping to present an alternative view of a peaceful world and Australia's national interests, like many other Australian independent thinkers and writers appeared on for example in John Menadue Blog which we quoted regularly in the past.)
Dr Anthony Pun, OAM, National President, Chinese Community Council of Australia.
Dr Ka Sing Chua, National Senior Adviser, Chinese Community Council of Australia.
National Chinese Australian Leaders Group: Maria Chan, Shirley Huang, Dickson Mak, Daphne Lowe Kelley, James Leung, Lee Xj Li, Kingsley Liu, Tony Pang, Kee Guan Saw, Junxi Su, Khoon Tan, Tony Tang, Dr Yen-Yung Yap, Michael Yau OAM and Li Zhang, Mark Wang and May Hu, OAM.