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A ‘yellow peril’ revival fuelling Western fears of China’s rise

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A ‘yellow peril’ revival fuelling Western fears of China’s rise
5 June 2019
Author: Kishore Mahbubani, NUS

Do we arrive at geopolitical judgements from only cool, hard-headed, rational analysis? If emotions influence our judgements, are these conscious emotions or do they operate at the level of our subterranean subconscious? Any honest answer to these questions would admit that non-rational factors always play a role. This is why it was wrong for Western media to vilify Kiron Skinner, the director of policy planning at the US State Department, for naming racial discomfort as a factor at play in the emerging geopolitical contest between the United States and China.


Chinese and US flags are set up for a meeting in Beijing, China, 27 April 2018 (Photo: REUTERS/Jason Lee)
Skinner was correct in saying that ‘the Soviet Union and that competition, in a way it was a fight within the Western family’. Referring to the contest with China, she said: ‘it’s the first time that we will have a great power competitor that is not Caucasian’. That China is not Caucasian is a factor in the geopolitical contest and it may also explain strong emotional reactions in Western countries to China’s rise.

Take the ongoing trade dispute between the United States and China as an example. Critics of China are rational and correct when they state that China has stolen intellectual property and occasionally bullied US firms into sharing their technology. But a calm, rational description of China’s behaviour would also add that such behaviour is normal for an emerging economy.

The United States also stole intellectual property, especially from the British, at a similar stage of its economic development. Equally important, when the United States agreed to admit China into the WTO as a ‘developing country’, it agreed that ‘under the WTO’s agreements on intellectual property, developed countries are under “the obligation” to provide incentives to their companies to transfer technology to less developed countries’. This is a point that Yukon Huang, a former World Bank economist, has pointed out.

Most Western portrayals of China’s emergence as a great power lack balance. They tend to highlight negative dimensions of China’s rise but omit the positive dimensions. When US Vice President Mike Pence gave a comprehensive speech on China on 4 October 2018, he said: ‘Over the past 17 years, China’s GDP has grown nine-fold; it’s become the second-largest economy in the world. Much of this success was driven by American investment in China’. This is a factually incorrect statement. China’s economic success has been primarily driven by the rejuvenation of the Chinese people, not US investment.

Though Washington prides itself as a centre of calm and rational strategic thinking, such an unbalanced speech was not attacked in the liberal media. Instead, many cheered the US Vice President for attacking China.

This virulent anti-China atmosphere is reminiscent of the mid-1980s when Western media attacked Japan ferociously. The distrust of yellow-skinned people has resurfaced again. As former US ambassador Chas Freeman has observed: ‘In their views of China, many Americans now appear subconsciously to have combined images of the insidious Dr. Fu Manchu, Japan’s unnerving 1980s challenge to US industrial and financial primacy, and a sense of existential threat analogous to the Sinophobia that inspired the Anti-Coolie and Chinese Exclusion Acts’.

The people of the United States need to question how much of their reactions to China’s rise result from hard-headed rational analysis and how much are a result of deep discomforts with a non-Caucasian civilisation. We may never know the real answer as these titanic struggles between reason and emotion are probably playing out in deep subconscious terrains. Still, we should thank Kiron Skinner for alluding to the fact that such subconscious dimensions are at play here. The time has come for an honest discussion of the ‘yellow peril’ dimension in US–China relations. As Freud taught us, the best way to deal with our subconscious fears is to surface them and deal with them.

Kishore Mahbubani is a Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the author of ‘Has the West Lost It?’
 

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China should thanked the Jews for taking the WHITEYS to war against Islam and the impotent Muslims nations ,in the so called war on terror.
Jews are cunningly aware that they lack man power and the reach to smash the Islamic nations .

Unfortunately for the Jews ,this has backfired . America has wasted over 12 TRILLION DOLLARS ,not including her WHITE allies, without success and no beneficial results , on the contrary the Muslims(Taliban ) have gained strength with success .

America is in a terminal decline ,with serious internal difficulties, and the day is not far when it will be dispatched to the dustbin of history
 

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China should thanked the Jews for taking the WHITEYS to war against Islam and the impotent Muslims nations ,in the so called war on terror.
Jews are cunningly aware that they lack man power and the reach to smash the Islamic nations .

Unfortunately for the Jews ,this has backfired . America has wasted over 12 TRILLION DOLLARS ,not including her WHITE allies, without success and no beneficial results , on the contrary the Muslims(Taliban ) have gained strength with success .

America is in a terminal decline ,with serious internal difficulties, and the day is not far when it will be dispatched to the dustbin of history
US invaded a far away Iraq using false WMD rhetoric. In the end over 4,000 young American lives were lost and countless injured not to mention the millions of Iraqis. The Shiites then took over and the country was handed over to Iran which is now the new enemy. US treasury was drained of trillions of dollars.
The oil now exports to China. How does the end results help to promote US interest ? It does not.

With no evidence of WMD, the media changed the narrative. "FIGHT THEM THERE SO YOU DO NOT HAVE TO FIGHT THEM HERE".

This is a crime of epic proportion. WHERE IS THE ACCOUNTABILITY !
The gang of 4 - W Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld & Condi Rice.

A day should be marked to remember this epic atrocity.
 

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No. The Yellow Peril was a fear of being overrun by Chinese immigrants - in effect, it's fear of a weak China. The West has no comprehension of what facing a powerful China in the modern era means, thus they have no term for it.
 

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China should thanked the Jews for taking the WHITEYS to war against Islam and the impotent Muslims nations ,in the so called war on terror.
Jews are cunningly aware that they lack man power and the reach to smash the Islamic nations .

Unfortunately for the Jews ,this has backfired . America has wasted over 12 TRILLION DOLLARS ,not including her WHITE allies, without success and no beneficial results , on the contrary the Muslims(Taliban ) have gained strength with success .

America is in a terminal decline ,with serious internal difficulties, and the day is not far when it will be dispatched to the dustbin of history
China has good friends in the Jewish people, Jew Kissinger facilities their rise and the Jewish dominated administration of Clinton paved the way for China's control of world trade by letting them join the WTO
 

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China has good friends in the Jewish people, Jew Kissinger facilities their rise and the Jewish dominated administration of Clinton paved the way for China's control of world trade by letting them join the WTO
Chinese have never forgotten Iraqi JEW family , SASSOON ,peddled Opium into China ,and the loss of Honk Kong and the so called new territories .
China has good friends in the Jewish people, Jew Kissinger facilities their rise and the Jewish dominated administration of Clinton paved the way for China's control of world trade by letting them join the WTO
JEWS STILL IN CONTROL OF RUSSIA – Death of communism

Putin the Jew – Death of communism
US invaded a far away Iraq using false WMD rhetoric. In the end over 4,000 young American lives were lost and countless injured not to mention the millions of Iraqis. The Shiites then took over and the country was handed over to Iran which is now the new enemy. US treasury was drained of trillions of dollars.
The oil now exports to China. How does the end results help to promote US interest ? It does not.

With no evidence of WMD, the media changed the narrative. "FIGHT THEM THERE SO YOU DO NOT HAVE TO FIGHT THEM HERE".

This is a crime of epic proportion. WHERE IS THE ACCOUNTABILITY !
The gang of 4 - W Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld & Condi Rice.

A day should be marked to remember this epic atrocity.
Congoleesa Rice happens to be a horrible and a vile NEGRESS
 

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US invaded a far away Iraq using false WMD rhetoric. In the end over 4,000 young American lives were lost and countless injured not to mention the millions of Iraqis. The Shiites then took over and the country was handed over to Iran which is now the new enemy. US treasury was drained of trillions of dollars.
The oil now exports to China. How does the end results help to promote US interest ? It does not.

With no evidence of WMD, the media changed the narrative. "FIGHT THEM THERE SO YOU DO NOT HAVE TO FIGHT THEM HERE".

This is a crime of epic proportion. WHERE IS THE ACCOUNTABILITY !
The gang of 4 - W Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld & Condi Rice.

A day should be marked to remember this epic atrocity.
They happen to be the puppets of the JEW ROTHSCHILD and other JEW elite families, who have an iron grip upon the WHITEY nations
 

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No. The Yellow Peril was a fear of being overrun by Chinese immigrants - in effect, it's fear of a weak China. The West has no comprehension of what facing a powerful China in the modern era means, thus they have no term for it.
Now they fear Chinese investments and mergers.
 

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China has good friends in the Jewish people, Jew Kissinger facilities their rise and the Jewish dominated administration of Clinton paved the way for China's control of world trade by letting them join the WTO
That is when Soviet was strong, they just want alliance of China against the Soviet. Now Soviet is gone and such partnership become enemies.
 

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