The Global Times, which is widely seen to be the media arm of the Chinese Communist Party, ran an op-ed earlier this month that was critical of the West’s pursuit of power by force and intimidation.
The article, which was published two days before the death of Queen Elizabeth II, cited recent comments by Mahathir Mohamad, the prime minister of Malaysia. (It should be noted that Kuala Lumpur has tried to strike a balance in its relationship with the West and China and is an active member in China’s Belt & Road Initiative.)
Mahathir took to Facebook earlier this month and accused the West of being “addicted to war and killing people.”
“They glorify wars,” he posted. “They celebrate killings… they prepare for wars with exercises and war games. They are constantly inventing new weapons which are more efficient in killing people.”
Mahathir, like China, accused the U.S. of provoking Russia into war with Ukraine and needlessly increasing tensions in the Taiwan Strait with Beijing.
Malaysia is no stranger to colonialism due to imperial powers. During WWII the country was occupied by the Japanese and the British took over after the war, setting up North Borneo and Sarawak as crown colonies.
Many Malays lashed out at British rule and subjugation. A guerrilla campaign erupted from 1948 to 1960. On 31 August 1957, the Federation of Malaya became independent. Tunku Abdul Rahman, the first prime minister, headed the alliance government.
The Global Times wrote that Mahathir, who is 97 and considered an elder statesman, warned fellow Asian countries not to be pawns for the West and accomplices in their actions.
“Since the Age of Exploration, Western civilization has been using force to plunder poorer and weaker countries to gain more wealth, leading to its domination in the world,” the paper wrote.
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Lloyd Austin, the head of the Defense Department, was a board member of Raytheon, and Antony Blinken, worked for Pine Island Acquisition Corp., which bragged in its SEC filings that it was “well-suited to take advantage of the current and future opportunities present in the aerospace, defense and government service industries.”
Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, is also expected to be given a third term as president, which will effectively make him the country’s leader for life.
The West is trying to determine what that will look like and is trying to get as many countries as possible to align against China, which President Biden has identified as the biggest threat to the U.S.
David Shambaugh, founding director of the China Policy Program in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, told Politico that he believes Xi will, at least domestically, offer more of the same while becoming more aggressive externally.
“Xi and China may become even more brazen externally—further solidifying the de facto alliance with Russia, confronting the United States, probing and attempting to undermine Western resolve and U.S. alliances worldwide, leveraging China’s power against its Asian neighbors and Taiwan, and continuing to broaden China’s military footprint worldwide,” he said.