“China has pioneered a societal approach to stealing innovation any way it can, from a wide array of businesses, universities, and organizations,” FBI Director Christopher Wray has said in Washington. “Put plainly, China seems determined to steal its way up the economic ladder, at our expense,” Wray said.
US officials have already suggested that China has stolen its modernization from the US. But Wray said it most straightforwardly and rudely. His words were far more than accusing China of violating US companies’ intellectual property. He was openly despising Chinese society.
We do not know where Wray’s arrogance comes from. Although the West took the lead in the development of human society in the past few centuries, it had no such arrogance. From the perspective of history, the US played the leader for only about a century.
It can be interpreted in such a way: Some Europeans grabbed Native Americans’ homeland and built an upstart country. It achieved today’s prosperity by the slave trade, immigration, unfair trade and other unfair ways to plunder global fortunes.
Wray accused China of stealing, but which country in history could rise by stealing? The current US government and many US elites fear China’s development, because they know that Chinese people are diligent and wise, and that the Chinese social organization is effective. Why should they be afraid if China’s development is based on stealing?
It only took China decades to achieve real stability. China rose to become the world’s second-largest economy, and has surpassed the US in mobile communications technology and rapid transit technology. Today, China’s internet is faster, and China’s high-speed railway is longer than that of the rest of the world. This is the wisdom and inner motivation of the Chinese people.
Looking back at history, when China already developed its civilization during Qin and Han dynasties, Europe, as the source of US culture, was mostly the land of barbarians. The Travels of Marco Polo proved that European people admired Chinese civilization back then.
After that, Western civilization rose and led the world. But arrogant people also surfaced, such as Wray, who accused other civilizations of stealing. People like Wray are shallow and vulgar. Today’s US government is full of such vulgarity.
Many high-ranking US officials act like former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon. They have a superiority complex, and their minds are rigid. Their poor common sense and command of basic logic is shocking. How can Wray become one of the US’ intelligence leaders? His understanding of China and Russia is highly subjective and ideological. Such a leader will definitely mislead Washington’s understanding of Beijing.
We hope some US elites still have common sense toward China. Wray also said in February that Chinese students and scholars in the US posed intelligence risks on US society. The FBI seems irrational. We hope the US intelligence community can retain its basic rationality.