Kantian Peace Theory: Insight Ino the Future Relations Between the United States and China

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The rise of China as a global power is a troubling concept for many Americans. China's economy is one of the fastest growing in the world and China holds a plurality of the US national debt. The two countries are inextricably linked, which is one reason why a change in the status quo is an unsettling idea. Kantian Peace Theory may offer an insight into the future relations between the United States and China. If we look at the first principle of Kantian Peace theory, that “The Civil Constitution of Every State should be Republican,” we become rather vexed with the case of China. According to the prompt for this essay, the authoritarian government has not been as strong as it is since 1949. This quandary shows that even with the advent of modern communications, the internet, and social networking, the Great Firewall of China still manages to keep control of the flow of information. This poses a problem with the idea of democratic peace. With the current arrangement – American Democracy and Chinese Autocracy – there is less of a likelihood of sustained peace since both parties are n...

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