OPINIONS US should 'stay far away from HK issue': John J. Mearsheimer


US should 'stay far away from HK issue': John J. Mearsheimer

By Wang Xiangyu and Zhang Tong | People's Daily app

21:49, October 17, 2019


The US should “stay out of” China’s domestic affairs and “stay far away from the Hong Kong issue”, said an American political scientist and international relations scholar.

John J. Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago and author of The Great Delusion, made the remarks Thursday at a debate with Chinese Professor Yan Xuetong at Tsinghua University in Beijing. This was the second debate between John Mearsheimer and Yan Xuetong at Tsinghua after six years.


Mearsheimer said he disagrees with US interference in other countries’ domestic policies. 

He also called the implementation of American foreign policy of liberal hegemony a “total failure” which has caused many disasters.


He also said that the US ban on Huawei is a containment in Sino-US technological competition. But what the US should worry about is whether it can achieve that effectively without damaging itself.


Professor Yan Xuetong agreed with Professor Mearsheimer on his observations on the international configuration but emphasized more on the influence of leadership of different politicians.


Yan also said China would love to share its experience with those willing to learn from it but will never export its ideology to any other country and asked others to follow suit. It is a traditional philosophy in China that “we never reject those who come to learn from us, but we never go to teach you”, said Professor Yan.


(Compiled by Bao Han)

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