A Textbook Of Marxist Philosophy by Leningrad Institute Of Philosophy

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It wants, in Deng’s words, to combine Chinese ideas with Western learning. The idea that Chinese are all striving for “the American Way of Life,” as Richard Madsen has observed, is a dangerous misconception46. They are striving to make “The Chinese Way of Life”. As a result, Chinese development has a certain kind of prideful, internal energy that helps the nations’ confidence. This passion for localisation emerges in the most unlikely places. Most countries, for instance, would just be happy to have the technological wherewithal to get a man into space.

57 Moreover, China’s message to other countries is a simple lesson in leverage physics, in the importance of building asymmetric power. S. S. military might. Not everyone can be a superpower. Not everyone needs to be. The Beijing Consensus, a security revolution that is multi-lateral but also well-defended, at least offers the hope that every nation can be a power in its own right. Perhaps not powerful enough for domination, but at least strong enough for self-determination. Chinese strategists now feel some kind of strategic leverage is a must for their continued development.

The implications of this are straightforward. To begin with, these links help create a global economic climate where supporting China’s growth is in the interest of billions of non-Chinese. 50 50 Smith, Michael and Prakash, Amit “China Makes New Friends in the Developing World,” IHT, Jan 13, 2004, page B3. qxd 5/11/04 12:23 PM Page 36 The situation has also helped establish an ever-tighter alignment between the economic interests of China and other developing countries. When US trade talks in Mexico collapsed in 2003, Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva and other Latin American leaders’ first call was to China for support in jawboning the US to adjust its agricultural policies.

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