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Why China Needs America

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 20, 2013


Great comment here about why China cannot go it alone. Basically the author shows how China is a net taker and benefits from what other countries off, without adding any value of their own.

Excerpt
China needs America. Yes, of course, China has reacted—as much of the world has—to the tiresome drama of America’s current political dysfunction. It is an easy rhetorical hit. But in the wider picture, China needs America. However much China complains about U.S. hegemony, it is that hegemony that has allowed China to become an economic power without the costs of maintaining the peace and stability that global giants have traditionally had to secure to guarantee their resources and supply lines. The U.S. security umbrella has allowed China to build up an energy dependence in the Middle East, for instance, without an engagement in the politics. It encouraged China to buy an important copper concession in Afghanistan without, it seems, thinking that it might need to consider the security challenges of exploiting it. Now the scale of the challenges there and elsewhere are evident, but China is not politically ready to meet them. China is faced with the realities of its long supply lines and fixed assets— pipelines, for instance—in unstable and troubled regions. Is China ready to shoulder the burden of defending these? Not yet, it seems. However hostile the rhetoric, China knows that it has had a free ride on the U.S. order to date and it is a long way off taking on the complexities of replacing it”

http://www.chinafile.com/uncomfortable-bedfellows-how-much-does-china-need-america-now?utm_source=The+Sinocism+China+Newsletter&utm_campaign=49378ef3e8-Sinocism10_20_13&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_171f237867-49378ef3e8-29607949

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