Thursday, December 30, 2010
Zhengyue Diplomacy/The Chinese Way of Hegemony-II
In China, Zhengyue Waijiao [New Year Diplomacy] has been a famous phrase among the media including phoenix TV in Hong Kong. The Chinese lunar new year (January 26-February 9) is just started on January 26, 2009, but the Chinese diplomatic strategy is widely launched. First, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao visited Switzerland, Germany, the European Union headquarters in Brussels, Spain, and Britain starting on February 3. Second, Vice President Xi Jinping paid official visits to Mexico, Jamaica, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, and Malta during February 8 to 22. Third, President Hu Jintao visited five countries: Saudi Arabia, Mali, Senegal, Tazania, and Mauritius during February 10-17. It is unthinkingable that the Japanese Prime Minister or the President of the United States will make official visits during their new year recess. It is unusually that the President and Vice President of China went to oversea by paying official visits at the same time. This time official visits by the Chinese leaders indicate that China is demonstrated the grand diplomatic strategy. Today, the Chinese economy depends on more than 40% exports, but the financial meltdown has put the Chinese exports in the crisis. Therefore, the rich countries, such Japan, the United States, Britain and others cannot longer buy the Chinese products, meaning the first-line market for exporting nations in trouble. Right now, the Chinese leaders are seeking to expand in the second-line market for exporting nations: Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Mexico, and others. In addition, the Chinese leaders are developing the third-line market for exporting countries: Tazania, Mali, Senegal, and others for the Chinese products. Also, China can get natural resources from these developing countries as well. Have Japanese leaders ever developed similar kinds of grand strategic diplomacy (except leaning to the USA) during the financial meltdown?