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Poli150 PAPER - Ryley Leech 713141782 Poli 150 4/3/08 Mr....

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Ryley Leech 713141782 Poli 150 4/3/08 Mr. President, As you requested I have prepared a long-term policy recommendation to deal with the current situation in China and Iran. This recommendation will include two schools of thought in order to most effectively deal with the rising tension in Central Asia and the Middle East. As of today, the Chinese economy is growing faster then ever and they are beginning to understand their power and influence in international trade as well as politics. Hu Jintao the current president of the People’s Republic of China has recently changed his typically conservative and passive foreign policy to a more aggressive one. He has sent out an antagonistic warning in which he vowed to protect any non-democratic regimes in the east from any “preemptive strikes by the United States or European Union that would threaten the basic sovereign rights of every nation.” With our Intel in the Middle East confirming the granting of nuclear weapon technology to Iran, the Chinese are attempting to shake the tree of international power. It is unclear at this moment of Iran’s actual nuclear weapon capabilities, but we must assume that if they do not have a delivery system yet, they will in the near future. The UN is struggling with the Chinese government and their recent gross violation of human rights during the pro-democracy rally Tiananmen Square. It looks as hopes for a democratic system in China at this point are futile and we must consider China and subsequently Iran as a serious threat to national security and international stability. The Power Transition Theory is extremely applicable our current situation. When using this theory, it helps to look at this crisis as an international game. We, the United States, are the
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foremost dominant power in terms of economics, international influence and military. As the hegemonic power, we set the rules. The current rules have us, Great Britain and Japan as the big three on top of the international food chain. China with its current growth rate has found themselves at the head of the potential challengers to the dominant powers. We can assume that
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This note was uploaded on 01/24/2011 for the course COMM 550 taught by Professor Cante during the Spring '10 term at UNC.

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Poli150 PAPER - Ryley Leech 713141782 Poli 150 4/3/08 Mr....

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