America's Imaginary China Threat

October 31, 2018 Topic: Security Region: Asia Tags: ChinaEconomyStrategyPoliticsXi Jinping

America's Imaginary China Threat

There is no obvious reason for why China would want to replace the United States or become a world hegemon.

Several students of international relations depict current U.S.-China relations as typical of a rising power and an old power—bound to clash. However, if China’s ambitions are mainly regional and it is not out to replace the United States as the leading world power, then there are reasons to hope such a clash can be avoided—unless the United States convinces itself that China is really out to eat its lunch.

Amitai Etzioni is a professor at The George Washington University and author, most recently, of Happiness is the Wrong Metric: A Liberal Communitarian Response to Populism . Eli Etzioni is a 2018 graduate of Claremont McKenna College, and an avid surfer and outdoors person.

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