This paper reviews the US-China relations and points out that the real motivation factor for Chin's rapid rise comes from the harsh and untrue criticism on the CCP regime. These negative forces enhance the Chinese people's positive motivations coming from their culture, Confucius philosophy and family tradition, and motivates them to develop China faster out of fear and insecurity. China is succeeding.
The Real Motivation Factor for China’s Rapid Rise
Sure, China was motivated to build her nation up, who wouldn’t after years of humiliation by foreign powers? However, nation building is not an easy task, it depends on a number of matching factors in terms of timing, resources and peaceful period. The ending of WW II gave China the opportunity but she was deprived the resources and most damagingly she was not given a peaceful time to rebuild. The Korean War cost her million lives including Mao Ze Dong’s own son and a few years of precious time to rebuild. In contrast, Taiwan, separated from reunion with China, along with Japan were benefited from being an ally with the U.S. in supplying goods to the U.S. troops in Korean War. Twenty years of Vietnam War (11/1/1955-4/30/1975), although it was between the U.S. and North Vietnam, it had similar effect of the Korean War on China. It was not until the U.S. changed her strategy in confronting the Soviet Union, China really got a peaceful period of time for nation building. In 1979, the U.S. recognized China and began a new Cold War with the Soviet Union. China seized the opportunity to develop herself. She quickly settled a border issue with Vietnam by strategically staged a brief war （2/17/1979-3/16/1979）with the consent of the U.S. to check Vietnam’s ambition and war Monger attitude causing border issue not only with China but also with Laos and Cambodia. Since then China had no wars with anyone thus giving her a decade of peace time (1979-1989) for nation building.
In the new Cold War period, the U.S. engaged China to contain the Soviet Union. China indeed had made significant progress in economic development during that decade through hard work. However, the hardworking at a peaceful time was the requisite condition for economic development but they are not the real motivation factor for her rapid rise. In 1990, the Soviet Union collapsed and the U.S. became the only superpower in the world. However, the U.S. China policy had also revealed its true face. China was a part of the U.S. tool kit to win the Cold War against the Soviet Union, but China was not treated in any way close like Japan and South Korea. The U.S. categorized China as an adversary, which hindsight could be seen from many things such as the U.S. opposition to letting China join the WTO and the Space Station program. China chose to be humble and tolerant hoping to be accepted by the Western Power Club.
The intensification of China’s Motivation Factor
The real motivation factor for China’s rapid development came gradually with increasing intensity since the second term of Clinton Administration (1997-2001). The U.S. China policy was ‘engagement within containment’. The Bush Administration (2001-2009) was too occupied with terrorism and Middle East Wars thus giving China another period of peaceful development. The China policy in the Obama-Mrs. Clinton era (2009-2017) had switched further away from engagement towards containment. This made obvious by the Pivot-To-Asia policy. Treating China as an Adversary became intensified. This process continued into the Trump administration with further hostility. It was the past two dozen years placing China under watchful eyes that had given China the real motivation factor to develop rapidly including military and technology development since they had finally recognized the true face of the U.S. The U.S. shall not accept any strong competitor threatening her superpower status. Placing China under the most watchful eyes and instigating all measures to stop China’s rise became the real motivation factor for China’s rapid development and rise, out of not just desire to acquire a better living standard but out of fear and insecurity that the U.S. will eventually staging another eight-nation alliance to crush China like the U.K. had done in 1900, only 120 years ago.
In the past two decades or so, the U.S. had waved the anti-communist flag targeting China no matter how much reform China is doing in socialism and in embracing capitalism. It has become clear to the world, not only the ‘Five Eyes’ are physically watching China, but an increasingly rigorous effort is mounting to build an anti-China alliance, for example, by recruiting Vietnam, India, Japan, etc. The U.S.-China relation has become the worst in a century with trade wars spreading to technology wars and military provocations. China was able to mobilize her citizens to work hard and strife for better life, but the U.S. China policy turning the screw tighter using all measures (using The Secretary of State, Pompeo’s words and thoughts) against the CCP government employing media force (fabricating narratives and lies), sanction measures (choking China’s industries) and military exercises with allies (agitating Hong Kong and Taiwan) as if the 1900 battle of Peking could be replayed. Can it be replayed?
Chinese People Can Be Motivated by Negative Force
Chinese people are unique people who are more tolerant and peace loving. Long immersed under Confucius philosophy, Chinese people are generally motivated by positive thoughts, like honor, praise and encouragement. China may have done a good job in creating a positive motivation for her people to strive for a better life out of the Chinese culture, Confucius theory and family traditions, but the negative force coming from the U.S. China policy is creating an exceptional drive and motivation for the Chinese, to die for their country if necessary; just like they had done against the atrocious attack from the Imperial Japan in 1937-1945 and the Korea War in 1950-1953. The harsher lies generated by the West media, for example, on Uighur genocide charge, fake news on concentration camp, etc. would turn Uighurs and Hans to fight vigorously together against the Western liers to clear their honor.
Communism is built on equality of people and fair share and usage of natural and human resources. The Western nations’ media (like CNN), blasting accusations and charges, like depriving Tibetans’ religious rights, suppressing Hong Kong’s freedom of protests and putting 2 million Uighurs under surveillance or concentration camps, etc. actually helped the CCP to do the right thing faster. Tibetans’ lives improved tremendously under CCP governance and there were more beautiful Tibetan temples now than ever before. The Hong Kong riots are completely stopped after China published her national security law. As for Uighurs, 37 countries in the UN Human Rights Council and the Council of Foreign Ministers of Organization of Islamic Cooperation passed resolution in support of China disputing the fake news charges (concentration camps, etc.). It is ironic that the U.S., the promoter of democracy, would deny many of the UN resolutions passed in democratic manner and would insist on repeating the fake news.
For U.S.-China relations observers, one must wonder why does the U.S.keep giving China the motivation factor to develop and rise up fast if that is not what she desires.