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Offline T Kehl

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"Chimerica" heads for divorce
« on: August 17, 2009, 09:45:04 PM »
http://www.newsweek.com/id/212143

When does a rising power become a threat? There is seldom a single moment. A century ago, AngloGerman antagonism was still a relatively new phenomenon; an alliance between the two empires seemed plausible as late as 1899. Likewise, the United States took time to identify Japan as a serious rival in the Pacific region; it was not until the 1930s that relations really soured. In both cases, the perception of a strategic threat was slow to grow. But grow it did—and ultimately it led to war. Could the same be happening to the United States and China today? Are we imperceptibly but inexorably slipping from cooperation to competition?

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Re: "Chimerica" heads for divorce
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2009, 11:25:12 PM »
Cooperation is merely a convenient tactic that can be used to mask the fiercest competition. Including war itself.

The Chinese have a long-standing cultural heritage of racial superiority that hasn't just evaporated in the last few hundred years.

They have been in direct competition with the entire Western world ever since the Round Eyes (that's us!) showed them that a few barbarians with superior technology could kick their celestial butts.

They are not (repeat: NOT) stupid, even if their culture had reached a point of stratified stagnation by the time we invented gunpowder and the printing press.

They are accustomed to thinking and planning in terms of centuries where us Western types only think in terms of a few decades at most, or more probably until American Idol comes on again.

Our grandchildren's grandchildren will probably see who won the "Great Cooperation".

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Re: "Chimerica" heads for divorce
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2009, 05:44:50 AM »


The Chinese have a long-standing cultural heritage of racial superiority that hasn't just evaporated in the last few hundred years.


Like Chinese exceptionalism?


In general I think Americans think we are beyond history, that there will be continual minor tweaks in the world order, further refinement, but that somehow our empire is more stable and longer lasting, we are different, better.  I am sure every empire before us and after us thinks this way.  Obviously there is plenty of room for major upheavals in the world order.  I thought the most interesting aspect, maybe Jack brought this up, was China trying to turn Africa into its China.  They seem to have a very, very long term plan.....