A superpower with an inferiority complex: In its dealings with neighbours, China is acting exactly like the imperial powers it once scorned
China was an imperial power for much of its history, bullying and demanding tributes from its "barbaric" neighbors or risk invasion and annexation. This is conveniently not taught in Chinese schools, because only white men and the japs are capable of evil imperialism.
Not All White Men.
Said to the wife today, "Why does the US get lumped in with, like, England regarding imperialism in China?"
"You guys totally did that! Look up the 8 nation alliance!"
To the Wikipedia!
Me: "Ah, yeah, this was a response to the Boxer rebellion; we needed to try and protect our citizens... Anyway, this was after the Boxer rebellion; we need to look back further."
Her: "Well, I see that the US sent, like, 3000 troops. Not like the UK, Russia, and and Japan, that sent over 10000 each (Japan sent 20k). Yeah, I can believe that the US force was small enough to be there just to protect US citizens. See, we were never taught this!"
Me: "Everything is awesome."
Bonus: Her: "Australia sent, what, a few hundred people? ... Probably criminals."
我:^ __ ^
The intervention of the 8 nations Alliance was a justified response to the xenophobic boxers rebellion, which was supported by the qing dynasty. When the boxers attacked foreign embassies that amounted to an act of war. China could hardly blame foreign governments for protecting their own citizens.
The British and French troops then burned down the summer palace as a punishment for china arresting and torturing their peace convoy. When you don't play by diplomatic rules you pay the price.
I still like to believe that the US was morally superior to the actual colonizing nations.
Pay no mind to the Philippines.
Honestly, we probably just weren't very good at Empire.
china fucked up , India whether it wants it or not will be the 3rd biggest economy in less than 5 years. its currently the 5th.japan and usa are already in the anti china block.
if china thinks it can face the wrath of 5 of the biggest economies and military in the world , its got to be insane .
India , japan, south chorea and USA combined will easily dwarf china