Question: Why does China have no friends? I feel like the Chinese on Quora are arguing, condemning, and offending every other country in the world. Why can’t China have good relationships with other countries like the US, UK, Japan, or Australia?
Norm Matloff ：I believe that many of those who resent China and the Chinese people view them as “overly aggressive” and not properly appreciative of the cultures of the people they are dealing with. For instance, I think that the Chinese government is genuinely perplexed by the concerns in the West over China’s human rights record. The Chinese government would view the situation as, “We lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty; THAT’S human rights.”
Kien Choong ：I would say that China is friendly to all nations, but (by deliberate policy) China does not have alliances the way that Western nations do.
Iain Howe ： I don’t think that China is returning to its historical blindness of Qin times, where it believes it is everything under heaven and doesn’t need relationships with other nations.
Rod L’Huillier ： I’m sure with some research you will find an endless list of cooperation between China and other countries, and the global community. It just cant be any other way. There is no doubt that China (or the CCP at least) has some grand visions that will affect world order. It also has a unique way of diplomacy, carrot and stick style if you like. And a disdain for resolving issues through mechanisms of equality, rather, it turns back to its power and the carrot and the stick.
Fred Lon ： Compare with ally or friends, I think business partner is more appropriate for us. That means, if you want do business with us, no matter your are a capitalist country or an authoritarian country, a Christian country or Islamic country, we’d like to cooperate with you and don’t care about anything else. China’s principle is mutual non-interference in other countries’ inner politics.
Sam Teppe ： Because China does NOT NEED friends. It’s a tradition. I just don’t remember in China’s 5000 years of history, there had ever been a record that China had any friends of other countries. US, UK, Japan and Australia are barbarians covered with civilized clothes. They just pretend and self-claimed to be civilized, but watch what they have done to the humanity, they are definitely barbarians. Besides, when you have 1.4 billion brother and sisters, who needs friends?
Iain Russell ： China is on pretty good terms with Pakistan. And they have sufficiently robust relations with others, like NK and Russia.
Tracy Foran ： I think the answer is much more simple. Chinese culture is invasive by nature. Like any invasive species, there is nothing inherently wrong with it, yet when taken out of its natural environment it overwhelms all other species in its vicinity. It is natural for threatened species to react hostilely to an invasive species. If China could learn to accommodate other cultures without overtaking or invading them, a harmful symbiotic relationship could establish. But for the moment, Chinese are blind to their impact and until they become aware the problem will persist.
Barry Yuen ： Chinese had learnt the truth of “Nations have no permanent friends or enemies, they only have permanent interests.” Therefore, China always keeps an arm’s length among other countries no matter how friendly to China they are. They keyed the term of “Partnership” in their diplomacy doctrine. The good or bad of the relationships among China and other nations depend on the how close and cordial of the partnerships are.