Wolfowitz: China no threat to the world
By Xu Binglan (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-10-17 16:00
It seems to be a very popular, convenient approach these days to compare
China's rise to the emergence of Germany and Japan after the 1860s.
who like to make analogy between now and the dark days leading up to two world
wars say that powers rarely emerge without sparking war and reshaping the
The conclusion: there is a big
chance that China's rise will lead to, at best, troubles, or, at worst,
President Paul Wolfowitz poses for a photo with students of a primary
school in Dongxiang County, Northwest China's Gansu Province Thursday
October 13, 2005. Wolfowitz is inspecting some of World Bank's loan
projects concerning poverty alleviation and education in China.
However, Paul Wolfowitz, the World Bank's new president, would
not subscribe to this argument. [Read Interview
"I believe it (China's rise) will be very
different," Wolfowitz said in an exclusive interview with Beijing-based China
Daily early this month.
"China's influence is going to grow. It is very
important that China uses that influence in a constructive and positive way. And
I have every reason to think that they (the Chinese) will."
who was United States' deputy secretary of defence before joining the World Bank
in June, pointed out that China is not the only country that is becoming
India, Brazil, the Republic of Korea and Viet Nam are all also
growing. The Republic of Korea and Viet Nam, though smaller than China and
India, would be big countries if they were in Europe, he noted. International
relations need to evolve in a way that allows for the growing influence of these
countries, he said.
"It (the history of the rise of Germany and Japan)
won't be repeated if people do the right things," Wolfowitz said in the
interview aboard a flight from Lanzhou, in Northwest China's Gansu Province, to