China: Friend or Foe by Hugo De Burgh

By Hugo De Burgh

China is determined to turn into the world's subsequent superpower. may still the US rejoice - or be afraid? China: buddy or Foe? offers with very important questions: who're China's power-players? Will the chinese language economic system bring up alternate or kill off our livelihoods? How is China utilizing its political and cultural impact? available and hard-hitting, China: good friend or Foe? is going past borders and stereotypes to provide an explanation for what China skill to the United States and the West at huge.

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More than this, there are claims that every nation has a ‘strategic cultural tradition’ operating like a genetic code, such that you can fruitfully compare Japanese emperor-orientated militarism with China’s non-belligerent tradition, and contrast the peaceful voyages of 14th-century Admiral Zheng He with Europeans’ voyages of conquest. However, the aggressiveness of the PRC under Mao, which invaded Tibet and started wars in Korea, and against India and Vietnam, is not explained. The question for the rest of the world is: If China operates according to a ‘strategic cultural tradition’, is it a Confucian one or a Stalinist–Maoist one?

5 Circumstances have not helped to dilute them. The geopolitics of China’s borders render it, in the eyes of its leaders, uniquely vulnerable. Fear of Japan and Japanese rearmament is real. Taiwan 39 China doc 4/4/06 10:56 am Page 40 CHINA: FRIEND OR FOE? is not seen as the rest of the world sees it, as an outpost of democracy and enlightenment in the Chinese world, but as a potential base for Japanese operations and a sore kept open only thanks to the protection of the US. According to the Chinese view, the USA, the mightiest economic and military power the world has ever known, considers China a potential enemy and wants to put it down, contain it.

Students paraded the ‘Demon of Liberty’, showing how much the 1980s admiration for the US had been replaced by contempt. In 2001, a Chinese and a US plane collided and the Chinese pilot died. Rage erupted. When the US government issued its regrets, the Chinese government hid them. From a football match in 2004, sporadically in 2005 and through into 2006, demonstrators chanted ‘Japanese invaders must die’ and ‘the war is not yet over’, as they smashed Japanese cars and premises in protest at a textbook issued to Japanese schools which allegedly glosses over Japan’s 1937 invasion of China.

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