Friday, December 31, 2010
The Chinese Way of Hegemony-III
When the Chinese President Hu Jintao met with heads of 29 foreign navy delegations which participated in the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in April, Hu launched the idea of the “harmonious ocean.” Hu stated, “China will never seek hegemony, nor will it turn to military expansion or arms races with other nations…. China will unswervingly stick to the road of peaceful development, which demands China to adhere to its defensive national defense policy. The road of peaceful development is a strategic choice made by the Chinese government and people in the line of the nation’s peace-loving traditional culture, the tread of our times and the fundamental interests of China (PLA Daily).” Following Hu’s statement, Chinese ambassador to the UK, Fu Ying, delivered a speech at Oxford University on 29 April 2009. It is the first time a Chinese official has addressed the Oxford Union in 185 years. “China is both big and small, strong and weak nation…. And China is destined to be a strong country without hegemony…… (Embassy of the PRC in the UK).” Will the traditional Chinese hegemony appear to current political affairs?