Monday, December 29, 2014

From "Arab Spring" to a cold winter

People's Daily Online - December 29, 2014

The “Arab Spring” in the Middle East has brought much unrest, and neither stability nor prosperity. Egypt has undergone regime change; Libya is in a state of chaos; Syria is embroiled in a civil war which has left millions of people homeless. The truth is that the “Arab Spring” was another kind of “Color Revolution” manipulated by western forces.
During the “Cold War”, western countries contributed to the collapse of Soviet Union. Subsequently, the western countries promoted the enlargement of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and European Union. With the resurgence of Russia, this enlargement was impeded. The west then diverted its attention to the Middle East.
In 2011, the Middle East was already riven by conflict. The West took advantage of the disorder to expand its influence there. The Western media hailed the revolutionary wave of demonstrations and revolutions as the “Arab Spring”, and Western governments interfered in events with the intention of exporting their values to the region, and promoting developments in the Middle East that would be favorable to Western interests.
But instead of helping to restore stability to the Middle East, the West has sown the seeds of chaos. The “Arab Spring” that was manipulated by western countries, has brought nothing but trouble to Egypt, Libya and Syria.
The protests in Hong Kong in 2014 are another farce which western countries have sought to manipulate with the intention of harming the development of China. China should beware of the ulterior motives of the West.
This article was edited and translated from 《落入寒冬的“阿拉伯之春”》, source: People's Daily Overseas Edition, Author: Tian Wenlin