The recent open letter written to U.S. President Donald Trump that accuses China of being expansionist and using its power to intimidate others would be more credible if it pointed its finger at the United States as being the global bully rather than China.
The letter says that in the American political system, "politics is the norm, and war is the exception. It is explicitly the opposite in the [People's Republic of China's] worldview." This statement is absurd. Since its founding in 1776, the United States has been at war for more than 90 percent of its existence.
According to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, military spending by the United States surpassed 640 billion U.S. dollars last year, nearly equal to the military spending of the following eight biggest-spending countries combined.
A letter sent recently by some American hawks to United States President Donald Trump accused Beijing of expanding its global reach by co-opting America's allies and other nations with the promise of economic gain. This is a malicious smearing of China's economic development goals, which have benefited the world. It is rather the American politicians pursuing unilateralism and protectionism who are impeding international cooperation and development.
Washington has been erecting trade barriers by imposing tariffs on its trading partners. In doing so it has damaged essential industrial and value chains. And its restrictions on sharing scientific and technological knowledge are impeding the development of new knowledge that could benefit all of mankind. This kind of behavior reflects the hegemonic America First mindset of some figures in Washington, who attack China's efforts to help other countries to develop, even if it means aggravating the global development deficit.
As an old Chinese maxim goes, care for the rest of the world when you are better off. This is the philosophy that motivates China's engagement with countries in need of development assistance. Unfortunately, it's not a view shared by the United States, one of the world's wealthiest and most highly-developed nations. Some voices in Washington have said The Belt and Road Initiative is a debt trap, but this isn't reflected by reality. As the world's largest economy, the United States should concentrate more on reducing the world's development deficit rather than standing in the way of people in other countries who are trying to live more prosperous lives.
According to the commentary, America has been using claims that it is protecting human rights as an excuse to demean and intervene in the internal affairs of other countries, while at the same time ignoring the serious human rights abuses in its own country that are caused by racial conflicts deeply rooted in American culture.
American society has witnessed numerous cases when the basic rights of minority groups have been infringed on, said the commentary. It offered as an example the repeated incidents in recent years of young people from ethnic minority groups being assaulted or shot by police across the United States.
The commentary concludes that, given the domestic chaos that has resulted from the deep racism in American society, not to mention the widening divide between the poor and the rich, and problems of sexism, the United States should pay more attention to solving its own human rights issues and quit slandering other countries.