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Economic Integration, Democratization and National Security in East Asia

Economic Integration, Democratization and National Security in East Asia

Shifting Paradigms in US, China and Taiwan Relations

Edited by Peter C.Y. Chow

The US policy of supporting a democratic Taiwan while simultaneously engaging China is a delicate and complex balance, with outcomes critical to economic, security and strategic interests in Asia. At the same time, rising Taiwanese identity amid the emerging power of China continues to change the paradigm. The contributors to this volume explore the political and economic dimensions of this complicated and pressing issue.

Chapter 15: China’s Strategy: ‘Licking the US Without Firing a Shot’

Alexander K. Young

Subjects: asian studies, asian economics, economics and finance, asian economics, politics and public policy, international politics, terrorism and security


15. China’s strategy: ‘Licking the US without firing a shot’ Alexander K. Young Beijing is pursuing a secret plan of establishing a world order, headed by ‘Imperial China’, sometime in the latter half of the twenty-first century. The only country standing in the way is the United States, the current sole superpower. Beijing is keenly aware that if the US obstructs China’s ultimate goal and a military conflict broke out by miscalculations, a dragon–eagle war would mortally wound both. Hence China is resorting to Sun Tzu’s art of war, the art of the ancient Chinese military strategist who declared over 2000 years ago: ‘The best strategy is not winning 100 victories in 100 wars, but defeating the enemy without going to war.’ Unfortunately, the US is often helping China instead of fighting it. A DOMESTIC STRATEGY China is trying to lick the United States without firing a shot through a threefold domestic, US-specific and international strategy. Like Japan after the Meiji Restoration, China is aware that the only way to wipe clean the 150 years of a shameful history of falling into a semi-colony and to claim its rightful place in the sun as a sovereign independent state is to become a strong military power, that one must first become a wealthy nation, and that domestic stability is a precondition for both. ‘A Socialist Market Economy’ It was Deng Xiao Ping who radically changed China’s course in 1978 from Mao Zedong’s continuing revolution and the Soviet-type...

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