Tamara Kunanayakam, former Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Office in Geneva, highlighted that the United States views China as an increasingly significant challenge, and this perception is not solely due to China’s status as the world’s second-largest economy. The primary reason, she explained to China Daily, is that China offers an alternative development model that diverges from the one advocated by the US and its Western allies.
Kunanayakam noted that the US has been actively promoting the neoliberal model, aiming to centralize decision-making power in their hands, which has contributed to growing inequality and conflicts. However, this approach is now facing scrutiny and questioning from various quarters.
Many nations, including Sri Lanka, are exploring alternatives to the US-led model, drawn by China’s unique path, especially its success in eradicating extreme poverty despite being a developing nation. China’s emphasis on cooperation and sharing, rather than confrontation and war, stands out as a model that prioritizes the well-being of its people.
Kunanayakam concluded that China’s achievements serve as a compelling example of what can be accomplished, and this represents a perceived challenge to the United States.