The "split" amongst the imperialists towards China is largely a false dichotomy
Nothing especially new about this story, for over a decade white imperialism has been struggling to find a consistent strategical approach to China, especially more recently as the world capitalism-imperialist financial and economic order has been in deeper crisis since 2008.
Just stating the fact as it is that the Chinese are needed to help out the imperialists in their time of need, is indicative as to how much the world has changed, and points to the growing strategic power of countries like China, Russia, India and Brazil, and how much clout they have vis-a-vis the imperialist and in relation to the anti-imperialist struggle.
However much the imperialists need to use the Chinese to bail them out as much as possible, the Chinese are fully aware that the imperialists only use anything to abuse it and ultimately, as in the case of Yugoslavia, Iraq and Libya being some of the most violent recent examples, the imperialists will use you to utterly destroy you for their own satanic aims.
And as such, there is no real split amongst the imperialists as to how to engage with China, the two approaches of wanting China to invest in the imperialist countries and wanting to contain China to destroy it can and are to some extent harmonious positions held at the same time by the imperialists.
Like with every other relationship the imperialists have, they engage with other non-imperialist countries to get the cheapest good and returns they can in exploitation, but while our countries stand up for themselves economically and politically, imperialism uses the false 'democracy' and 'human rights' card to then convince western mainly white people in the imperialist countries that these pesky Black and Brown countries need a lesson and in go the war actions of sanctions and actual war.
It is up to our side of the struggle to decide the tactics, timing and strategy to respond to the constant and escalating war plans which is a central defining character of imperialism. China has a lot of cards in can play in its hands, arguably China, Russia and their allies could if united in a solid approach, could bring imperialism to an end in the world a relatively short historical period of around a few or so decades. Our side is not yet quite united and does not have the political leadership conducive to such a united approach, although all indicators, aside from the 2011 Libya debacle, shows that we are going in this direction.
Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm
British government split on dealing with China
[Source, this was a leading article in one of the main brit sunday newspapers: the sunday times]
LONDON, Feb 17 – A split has emerged in the British government on managing its cooling relations with China, The Sunday Times newspaper said, citing sources.
Prime Minister David Cameron and finance minister George Osborne are keen to avoid raising tension with Beijing due to concerns that escalating hostility could damage trade ties.
However, Foreign Secretary William Hague believes Britain must not tone down its criticism of human rights abuses while Deputy PM Nick Clegg insists Britain must take a principled stand on issues such as the treatment of people in Tibet, the weekly broadsheet said in its main front page story.
“Hague and Clegg are on the same side on this issue. They believe we need to stand up to the Chinese,” a government ministry source was quoted as saying.
“For Clegg, human rights are a matter of principle. For Hague, it’s about not kowtowing to the Chinese. He believes we need to stand up to them, or they will simply treat us with contempt.
“Cameron and Osborne are focused on trade. They want to keep the Chinese on side.”
Britain is keen to attract Chinese investment in infrastructure projects to help boost the flatlining economy.
However, relations between London and Beijing have deteriorated in the last nine months, with the security services reporting a rise in Chinese cyber-espionage, The Sunday Times said.
The Foreign Office declined to comment.
But an insider at the ministry was quoted as saying Beijing’s behaviour towards London had grown “quite childish” following Cameron’s meeting in London with Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama last year.
Although Britain views Tibet as part of China, the meeting sparked an official protest from Beijing, which views the Buddhist monk as a dangerous separatist.
“They like trying to wind us up by sending diplomats to Edinburgh and Dublin, but not to London,” he said.
“They make a really big deal of rolling out the red carpet for (Scottish First Minister) Alex Salmond, because they think it’s one in the eye to London.”
A record 149,000 Chinese visitors came to Britain last year, bringing some £240 million ($370 million, 280 million euros) to the struggling economy.
But Britain’s share of the coveted Chinese market is poor compared to competitors in mainland Europe, with the complex British visa system frequently blamed.