November 4, 2011

China Shouldn't Mimic Security-Obsessed U.S.

Peter Lee, Asia Times

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Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but as relations with the United States break down China seems to be making the worst possible choice by opting to modify the "peaceful development" doctrine in Asia to mimic the US's security-based foreign policy. High-handed bullying in the South China Sea and, in miniature, Beijing's response to the deaths on the Mekong hint at shift in sharing a "win-win" portfolio of gains and interests with neighbors into emulation of a toxic national security narrative.

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TAGGED: United States, China, Beijing, Asia, Mekong

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