China final paper

China final paper - Jason Sprague EASC 150 4/22/08 The US...

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Jason Sprague EASC 150 4/22/08 The US and China: Political and Military Stability for the Future The Unites States and China have long had a tense yet workable relationship as two of the world’s great superpowers. Issues over human rights, the genocide in Darfur, and economic prosperity are among just some of the current issues that dominate American media regarding China as it embraces the Summer Olympics for the first time. While this is a historic and festive time for China, the question has been raised as to where the country’s political and economic relationships with the U.S. will go in the future. While many see China as a great threat to the U.S. due to its military might, economic boom, and ownership of American debt, the reality is that China and the U.S. enjoy a strong bond political and economically. We will explore why the ties between the U.S. and China will strengthen in the coming years, while discussing some of its possible setbacks. Taking into account the economic incentives, plus the deterrents shared by each nation, we will get an idea of how this relationship will progress peacefully as we move forward. As recently as this past week, as of the time of this writing, there have been public protests in America regarding China’s political policies in Tibet and Darfur. These demonstrations are coinciding with the travels of the Olympic Torch as it makes its way across the globe. The American media has also been harsh on China regarding political controversies, and human rights. This has already led to sharp criticism and a Chinese backlash against CNN. In fact the media isn’t the only one suffering. According to MSNBC’s Andrienne Mong, business people and students are among those finding it 1
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harder to enter China in the wake of political activism here at home, “It’s believed that the visa restrictions are to prevent foreign activists from entering China ahead of the Olympics and staying through the games” (Mong). With the Peoples Republic of China continuing to censor the media, how can they be taken seriously in the international community and by the US. America prides itself over its freedom of speech and press. If China continues to surpress the media there will contnue to be uproar from the American public. While there is a negative view of China’s policies in the minds of many Americans, the same can be said about Chinese views of the US. The Chinese see America’s spread of democarcy and free press as a threat to the Chinese way of life. Ordinary citizens often equate U.S. imperialism and democratization with the Christian missonary movements of the 19 th and 20 th centuries (Puska, 9). Furthermore last month the Chinese government labeled the U.S. led war in Iraq as the “greatest humanitarian disaster” of modern history, pointing out that the U.S. is hypocritical in its own human rights. China used the recent examples of prisoner tourtre, domestic crime, and poverty as examples of America’s failures. This was in response to a U.S. State Department report
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