I noticed after the new leader of China came to power, the government become more proactive when reacting to foreign affairs. One of the most significant, which in China it was sometimes a joke, is that China did more than just ‘condemn’ other country’s action towards China.
According to Taoism saying, they consider the best way to run a country is by doing nothing. That doesn’t mean the ruler actually do nothing, but it was suggesting a passive way of governing.
However,China is not a country dominated by just one philosophy, where Confucius is also popular. Compared with Taoism, Confucius emphasis more on self awareness and free will. From what the Chinese government react towards recent international disputes, I think our new leader is more of a Confucius person.
The boarder dispute between China and Japan is the first to look at. The controversial Diaoyu Island has been in the center of the storm for decades. Back in the 90’s, it was mostly civil communities from Taiwan and Hong Kong who often protest on Japan’s action trying to take over this little place. While the mainland government most of the time ‘condemn’ Japan, and that’s it. However, given to provocative actions carried out by Japanese government and its military force, the mainland Chinese government finally sent out military force to disputed area. It has become much regular in this year when Japan reported multiple times seeing Chinese Air Force flew over East China Sea over Diaoyu Island.
This is proper ‘action’ I’d say.
Secondly would be South China Sea where China sent out ships against Philippine. But I have to say it looks quite funny when Philippine sank an old ship on one of the corral reaves in South China Sea.
Apart from all that, it is remarkable to see China’s rising position among strong powers (yeah, I mean Russia and the US). Who did Putin called in an early stage in Crimea crisis? And where is the Secretary of Defence of US now visiting?
This year, I am happy to witness a lot of new ways of diplomatic communication between China and the rest of the world. Another good example would be ‘First Lady Diplomacy’ between China and the US which followed by US Secretary of Defence’s visit, meaning the ‘ladies talk’ was obviously a transistor.
Thanks to China’s economic growth that is partly helping a lot of the developed world, China get more chance to speak it’s will to others. And more importantly, China is willing to.
Not only the US Secretary of Defence is getting aggressive with the Chinese one in their meeting, even Chinese Ambassador in America is complaining about US being ‘unfair’ to China in terms of nuclear issue in North Korea. Compare to that, was back in few years before, Chinese officials will never confront in transnational or international occasions.
It is a huge progress that China made in diplomatic communication, it is becoming more straightforward, which is a really positive thing to see. From my point of view, China should not overly reserve on foreign policy because it is far too mysterious for the Western world, and being quite is not helping. What’s worse, lack of clear self explanation could lead to other countries being offensive to China, just like you always feel distrust to a stranger. Yet China should be no stranger to the Western world.