Xi Jinping: We Cannot Permit the Law of the Jungle

This is good.

This is bad.

When Chinese leader Xi Jinping spoke today at the U.N., he decried the “law of the jungle” which unfortunately stands now as the model of relationships between nation-states.  “The law of the jungle means that the weak are subject to the strong,” Xi pointed out.  “Nations cannot conduct themselves this way.  Those who arrogantly employ violence are in fact lifting up a rock, which in the final analysis will hit themselves in the foot.” [yalensis:  what with Chinese being so inscrutable, nobody could hardly even imagine against whom these barbs were directed…]

Xi went on to pledge, that China will never embark on the path of hegemonistic expansionism.  “Over 1 billion 300 million citizens of China seek to build the Chinese dream of the Great Renewal.  This dream of the Chinese people is closely tied to the dreams of all the world’s peoples; and this dream cannot be fulfilled without a stable world order, without the understanding, support, and assistance of the other peoples of the world.”

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3 Responses to Xi Jinping: We Cannot Permit the Law of the Jungle

  1. marknesop says:

    Great post, yalensis. It is striking that both Xi Jinping and Putin offered visions that are broadly inclusive and focused on all humanity, while Washington continues to suffer from tunnel-vision exceptionalism and to stubbornly insist that it free the world’s captive peoples whether they want it or not, whereupon they will all build strip malls and bowling alleys and hamburger joints and become good Americans. Surely they all want those things?

    But Putin and Xi Jinping highlight efforts to better conditions for humanity which are totally voluntary. Nobody who does not want to get on the bandwagon needs do so, provided that decision is not made for them by their government. On a national level, at least, any country can give it a miss and slog on on their own if they wish. I doubt they have to worry that Russia and China will develop and nurture an opposition group in their midst, fund and train and arm it and provide it with its ideology, slogans and bumper stickers and then recognize it as the legitimate national government. That just does not seem part of either nation’s playbook. We are seeing the ceding of the humanitarian high ground from the west to the east.


    • yalensis says:

      Thanks, Mark.
      Yes, it is clear that Xi and Putin
      (1) are both trying to speak as true statesmen not to mention humanists; and that
      (2) they have coordinated their messages to the world.

      This Alliance of the Reasonable Old Nations (RON) against Unipolar Hegemonists (UH – patent pending!) has to be a good thing.

      (And will hopefully keep that nasty Predator fellow out of this nice little jungle that we call our planet!)


  2. Jen says:

    Xi’s speech is an interesting one that stresses China’s low-key pragmatic approach to projecting its power abroad and which emphasises balance, harmony among partners and stability, all of which are strong Chinese values.

    It’s also interesting because near the end of his speech, among other pledges he makes, he commits China to supporting Africa with a standby peace-keeping force in event of emergencies. The US isn’t going to accept that lying down.


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