I have stated before my concerns over the public opinion of China in the US :
see thread[/url],]The US need to alter their approach to China radically. They are stirring and stirring and building up tension in a manner that is extremely worrying. The US need to accept the inevitability of a rival.
If they are not willing to accept the rise of another superpower then confrontation is inevitable- and it will be proof that international affairs has not developed much beyond their position prior to the Pelopnnesian War of 431-404 BC. Whether that confrontation will be economic or military is anybody's guess, but neither can be ruled out.
Expect much symbolic and literal muscle-flexing at next year's Olympic Games in Beijing. It's very probable that China will win a few ingots-worth of medals. Last time out the US won from gold-silver-bronze 35, 40 and 27 medals respectively. The Chinese won 32, 17 and 14. It will be most interesting to watch how the US public, media and elite react to being frog-leaped (if they are).
I have also expressed concern over the selective use of information on the arms trade in Iraq as it relates to Iran:see thread[/url],]The BBC Reith Lectures with Jeffrey Sachs earlier in the year were really very telling. One lecture (of five) was given in Beijing (No. 2), and one was given in New York (No. 3) (links here). I'd urge you to look at the transcripts of each- just the audience questions at the end. In China the audience tended to ask about what Sachs had said and how it related to China. In the US, they tended to ask about what Sachs had said, and how it related to China. That is very odd, no?
But I think this latest story really has to take the biscuit, form the Financial Times: US concerns over China weapons in Iraq.see thread[/url],]Every surrounding country is channeling arms to whichever side they favour: the singling-out of Iran on this is purely propaganda. The former Saudi Ambassador to such fine countries as the US, the UK and of course Ireland, Prince Turki, hinted as much. When he was asked if Saudi Arabia was assisting Sunni insurgents he said they were backed from all over the Sunni world (see here, third-last paragraph).
After all the weapons that the west sold to Saddam Hussein, and after the piss-poor management of the country's munitions stocks during the takeover, surely this is just distraction and bluster. Do people really think China is culpable, or should be doing more? Or is the Bush administration just looking for another party to blame for their own errors, and they consider it two birds with a single stone if they can bring China into the fray? I don't doubt that Chinese weapons are on the ground, but I would like to know the country of origin for all these explosives that are being used in car bombs, etc, etc.The US has raised concerns with the Chinese government about the discovery of Chinese-made weapons in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Richard Lawless, departing senior Pentagon official for Asia, on Friday said Washington had flagged the issue with Beijing. In recent months, the US has become increasingly alarmed that Chinese armour-piercing ammunition has been used by the Taliban in Afghanistan and insurgents in Iraq.