A War Like No Other

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Hunter Ellis T.A- Geoff Wallace A War Like No Other: The Truth About China’s Challenge to America Napoleon Bonaparte seems to have been right on the money with his nineteenth century presage, “Let China sleep, for when China wakes, it will shake the world.” (Bush, 17) It was not until the late twentieth century when China would rouse and exhibit a meteoric ascension with regards to the international economy. With a gross domestic product growing at nearly ten percent over the past twenty-five years and output doubling every eight years, China’s success in the last few decades is remarkable.(Bush, 20) With an ever-advancing economy, the Chinese GDP will soon surpass that of the United States. Conventional international theory maintains war is likely any time a dramatically rising state encounters an inveterate one. In A War Like No Other: The Truth About China’s Challenge to America , foreign policy scholars Richard Bush and Michael O’ Hanlon argue how plausible a war with China has become in modern times. Bush and O’Hanlon suggest that military involvement on the part of the United States would neither come from China’s emergence as a regional power, nor from their threat as major economic challenger, nor China’s restraints on its citizen’s civil rights. The authors cite the foundation of China’s enormous growth, its envelopment into the global economy and mutual economic dependence on the United States, as the stabilizing and preventive factor. With growth facilitated by the international system “why challenge it once strong enough to do so?”(Bush, 39) Bush and O’ Hanlon also aver that all minor problems that spring up suddenly are “within the capacities of the Chinese and American peoples and governments to be handled peacefully” and adjudicated diplomatically. However, the authors do present one dilemma that they feel warrants trepidation of a war between the United States and China. With a simple visit by Taiwan’s president, Lee Teng-Hui, to Cornell University in March of 1996, “there occurred the most significant military standoff between the U.S and China” in
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nearly half a decade(Bush, 2).”China took Teng-Hui’s visit as a declaration of secession and subsequently launched ballistics missiles just north of Taiwan. President Clinton quickly dispatched two aircraft battle units to the Taiwan Strait, gradually lessening the tensions. This series of events characterizes the relationship between the three nations: a Taiwanese action,
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This note was uploaded on 02/19/2008 for the course AEM 3230 taught by Professor Little,j.e. during the Spring '08 term at Cornell.

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