Part 3 continues the coverage of The Economist’s special report of China.
4. In the balance, The Economist (TE) says, “Their wealth (all of Asia) depends on China, their security on America. Which way should Asian countries face?”
In conclusion, TE says, “Either way, American and China are likely to compete to win the loyalty of the region. That, too, could poison the most important relationship of all—the one between China and America.”
I say that the rest of Asia will be tempted to play America against China to gain more from the rivalry and this will increase the danger of a conflict between the US and China.
5. In Friends, or else, TE says, “Living with China’s rise will test America’s diplomacy as never before.”
In Conclusion, TE says, “Not since the 19th century have they (diplomats) had as great a task as managing the relationship between China and America…”
I say this is an area where the US is weak due to political partisanship in the US.
It doesn’t help when different political agendas in the US such as that of conservative evangelical Christians or the neoconservative movement is manipulating the votes of millions of Americans.
Groups such as these believe they have more to gain by making China an enemy and a scapegoat than a friend.
In the end, if such groups win, we all lose.
The political atmosphere in the US will make the job of American diplomats almost impossible to accomplish since most mainland Chinese believe that what they hear from the US media is the voice of America’s government as the Chinese media is the voice of China’s central government.
6. In “Strategic reassurance“, TE says, “Many things could worsen relations between China and America.”
Then TE offers ten ways to make relations between China and the US better. In Part 4 of this series, I will offer a conclusion along with what TE has to say.
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