Beijing’s interest over the South China Sea region is not a secret, and the country is making sure no one gets in the way. China recently threatened the supposed primacy of U.S. in Asia, with analysts arguing that China’s rise to power cannot be considered harmless anymore. Is China about to take over the world?
China Threatens US
The recent international ruling has challenged China’s claims over the South China, but the country does not seem fazed. The country continues to challenge the influence of the United States in the region including the authority of international institutions. Some analysts believe that the ruling could only do more harm than good, as its rejection of China’s claims could push the country to be more assertive in its strategies.
“The landmark case, brought by the Philippines, was seen as an important crossroads in China’s rise as a global power and in its rivalry with the United States, and it could force Beijing to reconsider its assertive tactics in the region or risk being labeled an international outlaw. It was the first time the Chinese government had been summoned before the international justice system,” according to the New York Times.
Nonetheless, the United States will have to be careful about dealings in Asia, including its stance on China, as the latter is expected to challenge its influence further on the world stage.
“Because the American effort to ‘integrate’ China into the liberal international order has now generated new threats to U.S. primacy in Asia—and could result in a consequential challenge to American power globally—Washington needs a new grand strategy toward China that centers on balancing the rise of Chinese power rather than continuing to assist its ascendancy,” said Robert Blackwill through a Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) published a paper titled “Revising U.S. Grand Strategy Toward China.”
China Wants to Be on Top
Another report from News.com.au claims a prominent commentator focusing on Chinese affairs, saying that the world should be wary about China’s rise to power. Veteran columnist Frank Ching claimed that Beijing’s ascension to power can no longer be considered as friendly. China has started disobeying the West along with its allies.
According to Ching, to China, being on top of power is the normal order, not a way to subjugate neighbors.
“What China thinks is right must be the law,” said Ching.