June 15, 2014

A Superpower Showdown in Asia

John Hemmings, The National Interest

The Associated Press

Has US grand strategy been successful? Overall, this is debatable. On the one hand, the US and its allies have helped China raise millions of its citizens out of poverty, an incredibly historical achievement. But while the US sought to make China into a responsible power by making it rich, it has only made it rich. Indeed, China has merely utilized its wealth to develop hard power capabilities to preserve and defend authoritarianism and defend questionable territorial claims over vital shipping lanes. If anything, this is the legacy of the 1994 Clintonian decision to delink trade with China from progress in human rights. Was the West wrong to engage China? To paraphrase Mao on the French Revolution, it is still too soon to tell, but certainly, the signs are not great. What is now...

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