*"one day", not "one way"
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Sorry I haven't started any discussions. I'm working in the mountains in California, so I haven't had much access to a computer. I probably won't for about a month. But the group is growing, so now's the time for some chat. Last month I spent a couple weeks in China, meeting professors and learning about diplomacy between the U.S. and China. I was suprised when a woman, who appeared to be a top student at the Shanghai Institute of International Affairs, began blowing off steam about the U.S.'s foreign policy regarding trade with China. She touched on issues ranging from restricting China's progress by creating embargos and such, and refusing to sell China military technologies although China has had peaceful relations with us. They bitterness she felt towards the U.S. was obvious, and I know that her and her generation will be making important decisions for China one way. Anyways, I know the China- U.S. future rivalry is a hot topic this summer, but are there any serious thoughts on this? I understand the Chinese government is set up in a way that allows long term planning to work, but does anyone honestly believe their goal is to compete militarily with the U.S. or just economically?
Please, disect, support, and/or burn me and my statements.
First, economically, trends show that China will pass the US within the next few decades... however, the motive behind this "change of domination" is the more important question. Honestly, I do not know enough about China's government to be able to understand their view of America. However, I do think that our mindset of "beating" them is definitely not the answer. Whether China wants to merely become the globe's economic superpower and stay at that, or then move towards being the world's dominant military power, I think that we as members of this nation need to strive to understand and appreciate the cultures of the East far better. Also, I sometimes wonder if our nation's leaders take nations of the East as seriously as they deserve.