By: Jianli Yang – February 25, 2021
With each passing day, the US-China rivalry intensifies as Beijing struggles to compete against Washington’s power and influence. America’s regard for democracy and advocacy of liberal ideals are major impediments for China’s aspiration to drive global politics and the economy. They also hinder the Chinese Communist Party’s rule within Chinese territory. Therefore, political leaders in China have long portrayed the United States as a villain who intends to end the spirit of China. This propaganda causes the Chinese people to believe that the US is nothing less than a malignant force, and China’s diplomatic strategy, economic policy, and military planning in the post-Cold War era demonstrate this perspective. Although this competition between the two nations always existed, it intensified under the rule of Chinese President Xi Jinping, whose regime has committed several transgressions. A report that was recently presented to the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC)—a congressionally established association with a mandate “to review the national security implications of trade and economic ties between the United States and the People’s Republic of China”—gives examples of China’s transgressions.
The first chapter of the report delineates the growing competition between the US and China and how the latter is not backing away from playing dirty. China may not be quite at the center stage of global influencers, but its economic capabilities are constantly increasing. The PRC also looks forward to displacing the United States through diplomacy, such as with underdeveloped nations that are trapped in China’s debt. [Continue Reading…]