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Olympic competition vs. military invasion

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PLA recruit training.Image via Wikipedia

I have yet to see any useful commentary about the visible and moral differences between the methods of Hu Jintao and Putin. Both are nationalists and the former purportedly has a bigger military machine. But Putin has a well earned reputation for international bullying while it is evident that Hu of China seems to practice diplomacy and capitalism leaving more room for competitors.

Most of all I would like to read some recognition that the so-called authoritarian “Communist China” has been the least aggressive of all great world powers over the last 20+ years.

During the last two weeks, while world class athletes have been competing in Beijing, the brutal and sudden violence of Russian military actions in Ossetia, Abkahzia and Georgia and generally bullying posture of the Russian Government and military high command vs. all of its neighbouring countries, and its European energy customers, cannot but strike a harsh contrast with the words and actions of the “Communist Chinese” government not only during the last few years but since Chairman Mao and his regime was put to rest.

Hu speaks about harmonious growth and most of his political actions have been the direct opposite of those taken by the US and now Russia. In my humble view China practices civilized international politics and shows exemplary restraint in its relations with almost all of its neighbouring states. Clearly it is an aggressive but generally benign player in international politics. Contrast that with the words and actions of either Bush or Putin during the last 8 years.

In my humble opinion China has been the most effective practitioner of the Teddy Roosevelt dictum “Speak and walk softly but carry a big stick!” or words the that effect.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/08/18 at 10:17

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  1. Today the NYT reported that Abkhazia has been recognized by Nauru. The Russians paid the government of Naura to do it. Was it really worth it? I think it is easy to lose perspective. Source:


    2009/12/16 at 19:31

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