What does “scoring own-goals all over the region” mean in the following excerpt?
Some think China has good reasons to want better relations across the region. Douglas Paal of the Carnegie Endowment, a Washington think-tank, says the recent diplomacy is part of China’s “counterbalance” to America’s rebalance in Asia. China has realised that it has been “scoring own-goals all over the region”; now it wants to tone down disputes. Worried about managing hostility on two fronts, it is trying to mend some fences. But China’s neighbours would like to see smiles from Mr Xi and Mr Li translated into a less assertive approach on the high seas.
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- prisoner26535Lv 75 年前最佳解答
I don't see how China "scoring own-goals all over the region." It does exchange barbs with Japan, Taiwan, Vietnum, and even Philipines. But I don't see its mistakes big enough to benefit the opponent (ie. score a point for the opponent).
All its neighbours dislike what it is doing in south china sea. But none dares do anything other than whining.
- JenkinLv 75 年前
score an own goal / scored own-goal = made a mistake or the results is just the opposite of what hoped for.
The whole sentence means: China has realized that it has made many mistakes over the region; now it wants to reduce further disputes.
The idiom draws from football match or games that player loss point to the opponent by kicking the ball into his own goal by mistake.