I’d like to extend DeWang’s last post on the possible role of China in the resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict with a more generalized discussion of what China’s role should be in international affairs in the future.
China seems to be taking a more active approach in engaging with the world’s conflicts and affairs and other pressing issues and I think this is the right way to go. It has increased its role in the UN and provided peacekeeping troops. It has also taken up an active role in establishing law in jurisprudential debates, making its side’s perspective more known and defending the interests of other developing nations. By being more active here, it makes its own viewpoint and interests known to the world instead of being passive recipients of the rules that continue to govern the world. China has been more actively involved with disputes, economic, social, cultural, environmental, etc.
I think China should be more involved in issues such as resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict in the future along with other issues. There are several reasons for this. First, I think China has genuinely good things to add to the discussion. Viewpoints have been dominated by a narrow western or imperialistic mindset for far too long. It’s time for an alternative perspective on how to handle issues in a closer and more globalized world.
Second, I also think that the issues that come up are not mostly contained geographically. Many issues involve the international communities’ welfare as a whole such as global security, terrorism, environmental issues, cultural issues, economic issues, etc. You cannot isolate many of the issues that affect all of us. Pollution from the US or India or China affects everyone. What goes on in the Middle East, Africa, N. America, etc, affects everyone in a more globalized world and China cannot afford to put on blinders and ignore it because it affects the Chinese too. We see this with the collapse of the financial institutions of the world. China has done its best and so far it has done a very good job in blunting the negative effects from its people but the collapse has hurt China too.
Third, I think there are moral elements to it. I think China will be a positive force due to its cultural history. China is a good example to the world of a power that has been very dominant in the past without colonization and engaging in a slave trade. It’s a model for the west to look at and reflect on its own deficiencies.
When China became more isolated during the 19th century, it was at its weakest and became the victims of foreign aggression. I think had China taken a more active and involved role in the world before that, it would have realized the need to modernize and strengthen itself against foreign imperialism and it would have bettered its own welfare in trade and been a positive influence for the whole world. But instead it chose to isolate itself.
I am sure China appreciates the US for its role in defeating the Japanese in WWII (though I think the US’s involvement were mainly self interest) and I would hope China will come to the aid of others in similar circumstances from brutal foreign aggression.
Finally notice that active engagement should never been conflated with imperialism or military aggressive actions. Those who think that the only options on the table are either isolationism or what the west has done for the last 400 years and what the US continues to do i.e., foreign aggressive military interventions, need to think a little harder on the possibilities. It’s a false dilemma to think that those are the only options.
What I am saying is that China should take an active role in being a responsible member of the international community by fostering global cooperation and helping to solve the world’s problems. China can do this in many ways such as engaging in discussions, facilitating mediation, initiating conflict resolutions measures, finding creative enterprises to solve problems, establishing the rule of law through the UN and giving aid or volunteering help in international crises.
What do you think?