Essay sample - Is there a China threat, and if so what should we be doing about it

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At the beginning of the 21st century, relations between China and the rest of the world have improved. Yet the ruling military regime that dictates China's international policy is hardly a clear-cut friend of the West. As an impressive competitor in the economic sector and an imminent contender for technological advantage China balances uncertainly between a promising free market and the bane of lingering communist rule (Thatcher, 170)…

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The enduring control of a worn-out, edgy, Communist regime scarcely serves to improve international confidence in the Chinese bid for a responsible position on the world stage of the new century (Lawson, 161). It is possible that what some see as the threat of a menacing new superpower might actually be the promise of a new forward-looking Chinese generation on the verge of the disavowal of old revolutionary sympathies with aspirations of taking an active part in a wider world growing ever more interdependent (Jian, 28).
Professor Chen Jian offers a unique point of view from his background as a Chinese Red Guard during the infamous Cultural Revolution. Appraising China's foreign-policy from the vantage point of an insider rooted in Chinese history, Jian identifies a key factor in Chinese modern military behaviour as the belief that economic exploitation and military aggression by foreign imperialist countries have dishonoured the glory of the ancient Central Kingdom or Zhong Guo (Jian, 26). The perceived humiliation continues to foster a victim mindset unique to Chinese history that overshadows China's relations with the international community (Thatcher, 163). ...
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