Why should China pay homage to US?
The Americans are whingeing that China is not playing by the rules, or to be more precise, by their rules. If China wants to be accepted by the international community (that’s short-hand for the United States of America and those who agree with them or are cajoled into doing so), then China should adhere to our conventions, the argument goes.
In reality, Americans are sulking that China’s power is on the rise whilst American power is on the wane. This is a classical case of “Do as I say, not as I do.” Why should the Chinese comply with such demands instead of following the rules of empire? After Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay, who are the Americans to lecture the Chinese on human rights?
The United States has opted for unilateralism and is slowly getting its due desserts. America only ever invokes international law when it coincides with her own interests. Be it politics or in trade, America wants her cake and eat it. They want everybody to abide by the rules but to be exempt themselves. They refuse to be signatories to, for example, the nuclear non-proliferation treat, but want Iran to be punished for allegedly not sticking to it.
America has taught the world that international legality is only a smoke-screen and that in international relations might is right. China has no need to be lectured on international legality by a country regularly flouting all the rules all the time. China is leveraging its new-found economic, military and political power. This may be uncomfortable for Americans, but they are only getting a taste of their own medicine.