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China A Threat Case Study

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Economic Stability
China’s rise will not be a threat to Asian stability. It seems that the peaceful rise of China is calculated by other Asian countries as a potential economic threat in the region. But on the contrary, China is not a threat as perceived. China, in reality is just another regular state making waves to restore its lost pride after being materially humiliated, defeated, and shammed by Imperial Japan –and the West- in pre-modern East Asia. Its peaceful rise to global importance is ironically a hybrid balance between capitalism and socialism, which some experts and scholars are still struggling to explain. In my counter argument I will briefly explain China’s peaceful rise and its threat perception in the Asia-Pacific region. China’s main objective is to build and project soft power diplomacy with more focus on developing countries to share its wealth and promote a harmonious and peaceful society. China has no intention of pursing an expansionist approach or becoming hegemony in the Asian region or globally for that matter.
To support the counterargument that China is not an economic threat to Asian stability I will demonstrate how China is experiencing the same economic prosperity and drawbacks as any other Asian state. Case in point, due to surging energy prices, there are increased transportation costs for moving goods from one place to another and the difficulties of a scattered supply chain are encouraging some Chinese firms that had previously outsourced components to Southeast Asia to relocate their associated research-and-development and operational activities within China to other Asian states. Therefore, processing-related imports have declined from over 40 percent of China’s total impor...

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... challenge to unrestricted U.S. global-economic-dominance is threatening to the U.S and its allies in Asia. The arguments detailed in this essay of China’s rise posing a threat to Asia’s stability are much stronger than the counterarguments. Case in point, China’s continued rise might begin to foster the idea of neo-Bismarckism and world hegemony. With a continued alliance with Russia and North Korea and a reduced U.S. military, it will be easy to accomplish world-dominance over the long run. If China keeps licking its fingers from their “sweet super-power emergence” it could be a matter of time before a new leader comes along with a new vision and ideology to divide and conquer. World supremacy is addictive in itself. Therefore, the U.S. and its regional allies should contain and restrain China to maintain Asia’s stability before it becomes too powerful to curtail.
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