Friday, December 16, 2005

China's Colorless Foreign Policy

China has a colorless foreign policy and Belarus finds that appealing, according to this post from Musing Under the Tenement Palm.
China's "We Don't Butt-In Like That Other Country" policy has earned it another great partner: Belarus. A big reason appears to be a mutual hatred of "Color Revolutions."

The post by HK Dave elucidates the shared interests of these two nations.
One attitude that China and Belarus share, as do many others in the region, is a distaste for the "color revolutions." According to the San Francisco Chronicle, "Newspaper kiosks sell the Soviet Belarus and Respublika newspapers, which these days are dominated by two topics: the continuing wheat harvest and the alleged Western conspiracy to overthrow the 50-year-old Lukashenko. "You will not succeed with the color revolution" -- a reference to Ukraine's Orange Revolution of 2004 -- "nor with the revision of state borders," the Respublika warned the regime's opponents in an editorial this month." China certainly shares some of these fears, as mentioned here before in Soros, Serbia and Chinese Censorship. A recent Foreign Policy magazine article titled China's Color-Coded Crackdown this October begins "In China's halls of power, the fall of post-Soviet authoritarian regimes has raised the uncomfortable specter of a Chinese popular uprising. According to the Hong Kong-based Open magazine, a report by Chinese President Hu Jintao, titled Fighting the People's War Without Gunsmoke, is guiding the Chinese Communist Party's "counterrevolution" offensive. The report, disseminated inside the party, outlines a series of measures aimed at nipping a potential Chinese "color revolution" in the bud." And in both countries (as well as Russia) it is believed that two Georges are behind this: Bush and Soros.