Excessive pride is a fault of many large, powerful countries. The Chinese rise, painstakingly tagged “peaceful” by Chinese mandarins, has been accepted by Asian neighbors on that basis. But these neighbors have concurrently tightened security relations with the US, much to China’s consternation. If China’s rise is so good for Asia as a whole – given the prosperity being generated – why do they feel a need to hide behind Uncle Sam’s skirts?
The New York Times has an interesting article about how the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight 370, with two-thirds of its 227 passengers Chinese, has frustrated China. Beijing and its military has thrown a lot of resources at finding the missing plane and its media has gone into hysterics. Of course there is the matter of hundreds of families in agony. But China is a great power and not used to being held at bay by a small Southeast Asian country; under international law, Malaysia has the right to lead the investigation. Read the rest of this entry »