Guest Post: Does The World Need China's Leadership?

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Dingding Chen of The Diplomat,

For more than two decades China has abided by former leader Deng Xiaoping’s “keep a low profile” strategy in foreign affairs. But things are changing — China is ready to take on a leadership role in international affairs, and the world will benefit from it.

In a recent speech on the country’s regional diplomacy, China’s President Xi Jinping emphasized “being more active,” “adjusting to new times,” providing “more leadership,” and “contributing to the world.” The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wang Yi, also said recently that China is ready to take on more international responsibilities, ranging from foreign aid, peacekeeping, nuclear non-proliferation, and regional security mechanisms.

This is already happening in several areas. China’s Premier Li Keqiang recently spoke of building a new security framework in East Asia, and the country’s senior leaders are making efforts to manage nuclear dilemmas in Iran and North Korea. The country is working with other BRICS countries to establish their own development bank that could rival the World Bank and the IMF. China has also shaped the development of the responsibility to protect norm in international security and human rights, and continues to reform it along with other developing countries.

As these developments have gradually changed the face of international relations, the U.S. has been hampered by problems ranging from its fiscal deficit and domestic political stagnation to international withdrawal, sending a discouraging signal to the world. Gone are the days when the U.S. could singlehandedly provide a stable order for the international community. Now more than ever, the U.S. needs help from other countries to provide global leadership. But Europe has been plagued by its own debt crisis and Japan is struggling to come back from two decades of economic stagnation. China, on the other hand, has recovered quickly from the 2008 global financial crisis and now is the second largest economy in the world.

Not all scholars would agree that China is ready for a leadership role, and several misconceptions should be addressed.

First, leadership is not hegemony. Chinese leadership in global affairs will not mean regional or global domination. China should not impose its own will on other states, and it will not do so. It knows the perils of this approach very well from its own painful experiences since 1840 at the hands of the West and Japan. Moreover, China has sided with the developing countries over many issues for a long time. Indeed, part of China’s identity is still as a developing country, and this ensures that China will continue to restrain itself from bullying other developing or smaller countries.


Second, China cannot lead in all issue areas. Its power and resources are still limited and will remain so for a long time. Yet the country can start taking on more leadership in areas such as poverty reduction, environmental protection, community building in East Asia, foreign aid to developing countries, and international human rights protection.


Third, some worry that China’s pursuit of leadership will generate conflict. This would only happen if the U.S. chose to contain or undermine China’s efforts. More Chinese leadership will lead to more regional and global public goods, a more stable order in Asia, and a more confident and secure China. That, in turn, will help to keep rising domestic nationalism at bay.


Fourth, some within China worry that taking on too much international responsibilities will weaken China’s own social and economic development. This worry is unwarranted. With power comes greater responsibility. China’s power has increased significantly over the last decades and China has been the biggest beneficiary of globalization and economic openness; now is the right time for China to make some contributions to the international community.

To play an effective leadership role in global affairs, China must also adopt meaningful economic, political, and social reforms at home. Just like the U.S., China’s global leadership must come from internal accomplishments. This means that the Chinese government should rebuild its domestic legitimacy through redefining state-society relations and shifting emphasis from GDP growth to morality. The good news is that the current Chinese leadership, led by President Xi Jinping, is keenly aware of this problem and is determined to tackle legitimacy issues through more major reforms.

All this talk about China’s leadership might make some countries uneasy. But they need not worry. The international community must acknowledge that today’s fast-rising China has earned the right to play an important role in shaping a new international order. A more stable and prosperous world will need China to be more active and assertive in global affairs.

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Jstanley011's picture

"...the Chinese government should rebuild its domestic legitimacy through redefining state-society relations and shifting emphasis from GDP growth to morality..."

Duck soup. Easy peasy. Nothin' to it. "Look Ma', no hands!" A no-brainer. I'm sure they'll hop right to it.

y3maxx's picture

...Nearly immediate American/European response w/ various World War threats only hours after Russia/China agree to Trade w/ Yuan as currency reserve. America must defend the dollar currency reserve, or go down in flames.
...Look for a major False Flag event...

The Dunce's picture

The answer is no.  We do not need Chinese leadership.  In fact, we should run from Chinese leadership.  You silly bitches.

prains's picture

you misspelled "kitty" in your avatar

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

What is say exhausting husband of China wife who is buy too many footwear?

Yu bai tu mei ni xiu, wi deng xiao ping!

merizobeach's picture

Our daily t-bagging by The Diplomat...  What a bunch of fucking horseshit.

jbvtme's picture

my apologies for this potentially intelligent reply. in the early 1400's china set out to colonize the world. they progressed in ships much larger than the europeans and sailed west to the tip of africa. along the way they traded and transported back to china's ruling courts chiefs of various cultures  (always returning them unharmed). by the late 1400's this program was terminated out of fear and envy by the ruling class (who were wary of the emerging power of the merchant class) and the ships were dismantled. of note here is that the chinese did not destroy and savage these cultures as the europeans did. china today looks like another ballgame. anyway (regardless of race, ethnicity or planet of origin), the people who tell me what to do should be more intelligent, compassionate and good looking. so far all have disappointed.

merizobeach's picture

Did you move this comment to put it higher in the thread, or to respond to me in particular?  I'm familiar with the history you describe; it is indeed a great contrast from the sociopaths in control of China these days.

whotookmyalias's picture

You forgot the part about how the ruling class bankrupted the nation and when they burned the ships they burned most of their history records. Chinese may have been decent explorers but they have proven throughout history their leadership abilities are hindered by their greed, corruption and lust for absolute control.


Sorry, no the world does not need any guidance from the Chinese. If you are still in denial read up on how they made Shanghai ready for the world expo.

UselessEater's picture

LOL, but seriously good looking or not, it is getting hard to find people who do not want to be told what to do, many perceive they can give the proverbial finger and are living in a culture of their own making as free 'consumer units' in a 'democracy'.

Few grasp recent history let alone the history of the last few hundred years and, whilst I am not as smart as some - I do recognise that China has done private business with many dictators in Africa (yep those same ones with a vote in the UN) and they are in no way sweeter masters, just more discrete and pragmatic. Their economic prowess in resource deals generally create the same result of national socio-economic havoc in African nations as the Anglo-American alliance.

Expect more disappointment. I am.


SilverDOG's picture



China did not stop exploration at the southern tip of Africa.

Exploration continued and included N. America.

Europe's conquest of trade routes and gold sources was only capable due to China's initiative.

Being 1. Knowledge thereof planted in Europe by China's arrival; well recorded.

2. China's delivery of Viruses to Native Americans.

Europe's only success was arriving in N. America and meeting a decimated population. 

Very easy to conquer the remaining 10%.

BigJim's picture

Possibly the dumbest article I've seen here yet. Are you having a larf, Tylers?

Anusocracy's picture

Another benefit of a no government world

- shit like The Diplomat wouldn't exist.

Jim in MN's picture

As if 'Dingding Chen' is even a real name.  I mean, just look at it!  Clearly Photoshopped.

whotookmyalias's picture

China's leadership.  Hmm, let me give that some deep thought...NO!  Anyone on here who seriously thinks the world needs China's leadership needs to go ask their parents to block ZH from their computer.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

When China is control most manufacturing, is hold most gold, is also able to collapse Petro Dollar, then they are lead:

Wi li du, yu fa lo!

StychoKiller's picture

So long as our so-called leaders only lead us around the sun, then there is truly no progress.  The surface of a planet is NOT the correct place for an expanding techological civilization.

Tabarnaque's picture

We should all wish for a multi-polar world. The worst would be a total world domination by the Anglo-American Banking Cartel.

Quus Ant's picture

As long as I'm wishing could I wish for the dissolution of all forms of control?

zorba THE GREEK's picture

All I want from the Chinese is a good back massage and a happy ending.

A general Tsu chicken and a shrimp role is okay too.

Quus Ant's picture

All she wants from you is for you to shave your back and dick, mr. the greek.

make her job a little easier.

Then maybe she'll wash her hands before making you lunch.

MedTechEntrepreneur's picture

Leadership role? From people who eat dogs and insects and shit? No.

We need to have a revolution here and oust the criminal government cartel that currently runs the West. Turn it over to bug eaters...pftftftftttt

Exponere Mendaces's picture

China is going to eat our lunch, then make us clean up afterward, complaining about the fat lazy americans and their shitty work ethic, and they'd be right.

As a civillization, the Chinese trump a lot of them in longevity, and they're going to be around for thousands of years in the future. The fact that American Entitlement thinks they're going to just go away or have a bad year and slink into the mists of the past is ridiculous.

Do they have credit/debt problems? Sure, but they'll actually let things FAIL, which is something the USA seems to have trouble doing. So, they'll get their contraction and GDP will take a hit, but they'll be bouncing back faster than the USA will.

China has options. The USA only has a long road down the path of becoming a country reduced to exporting porn, shitty movies and occasionally the entertaining game. "Snowcrash" was right, perhaps except about the pizza.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Fuck the EU?  Or just Fuck the Diplomat.   Neocon trash.

socalbeach's picture

One of the best pieces I've read from "The Diplomat".  2 stars.

YHC-FTSE's picture

The usual author of this piece of shit, zippity zionist zachary zeck is taking the piss I think.  Look at the name of the author above. This is straight out of Tokyo Rose's handbook on creating fear , hate and division among the enemy.  

Hey Zach, you fuck. You've been rumbled. Do you get paid in Yen, Dollars or Shekels?  

The_Prisoner's picture

YHC, spot on.
It is high time good to start calling the Zionists on their game.
Every day more people are waking up to the game played by those blood-sucking-death-worshiping pigs.

Case in point, look at this twofer:

Rogue Trooper's picture

+88 all if you... what a diplomatic twat.

Shit Tylers, is this satire?

macholatte's picture

China = Predator


john39's picture

Yes, thank goodness that the ussa will protect freedom and peace throughout the world. Right?

A Lunatic's picture

This is like debating who should be the leader of the Titanic as it is sinking......

williambanzai7's picture

Actually, more like arguing over what song the band should be playing.

Jim in MN's picture

Or, whose turn it is to clean the toilet/head/loo.

q99x2's picture

Holy crimea and I thought US propaganda was bad. Dude you give me a printing press, accept my currency for goods and services and I'll become a global force of world stability.

maskone909's picture

How the chinese have reached the level of population despite their driving abilities is beyond me.

john39's picture

Rode bikes until recently.

Yen Cross's picture

  Rivers full of dead pig carcases, cities encased in smog, and peasants shitting on the side of the road.. No thanks, I'll pass.

sangell's picture

China is MIA on most global issues despite being a permanent member of the UNSC. France and the UK have more robust foreign policies than China. Of course they have the legacy of their empires, particularly in Africa to deal with and China is relatively new to having the resources to take a more active role in managing global affairs and where it does take an interest it often confuses 'foreign policy' with commercial advantage.

One thing it could do to show the world it wants to be a constructive player is divest itself of two of the world's worst actors who cling to it for political and economic support. Kim Jon Un and Vladimir Putin. President Xi jinping has to know its ties to North Korea totally discredit it as the world has no place for heriditary dictatorships of this ilk. Putin's Russia too has shown itself to be far too reckless with nuclear weaponry and its proliferation for the world's good. President Xi will meet with Putin in May. I hope he keeps his eyes open for the telltale signs of insanity that Angela Merkel detected in this megalomaniac. Too bad he will have to speak to Putin through interpreters but he should instruct his interpreters to be candid in their assessments of Putin and, if he can, have a Chinese psychiatrist present during their meeting.

post turtle saver's picture

lol... if this doesn't unleash the downvote brigade I don't know what will... remember, they gave you the neg because they know you're right

whotookmyalias's picture

I once had a fortune cookie that read "Anyone who has failed to read Chinese History is doomed to repeat it."

Tulpa's picture

It is intriguing that the same people who rip the NSA for spying turn around and praise the PRC, who've built a machinery of oppression the NSA couldn't hope to match if they tried.

detached.amusement's picture

lol does that mean you think they are not trying?

Peter Pan's picture

The only leaders the world needs is those that lead by example rather than by force or the size of their check book.

Then again wiser men than us foresaw the difficulty of that quite some time ago.

"The consolidation of the States into one vast empire, sure to be aggressive abroad and despotic at home, will be the certain precursor of ruin which has overwhelmed all that preceded it."
~General Robert E. Lee


yrbmegr's picture

"And I get to enslave other humans."  -General Robert E. Lee

Since we're talking about leading by example.