Monday, April 18, 2005

Why China Matters

Today events occur and decisions are made that will determine the nature and outcome of the impending confrontation between the United States and the People's Republic of China.

Nevertheless, news and analysis about China receives relatively short shrift, as America's military and foreign policy resources--and the resultant political debates--are focussed on the Middle East.

But China is a major factor in the all the medium to long term global calculations that concern America's strategists.

As the world's most populous country and a regional military power, China is a challenge to the United States that our military, political, and economic leadership is already confronting.

As a major holder and purchaser of U.S. government debt, and a primary source of America's burgeoning trade deficit, China's financial policies could have a decisive impact on international markets, the U.S. economy, and U.S. foreign policy.

China's burgeoning imported oil habit is a key factor in the Peak Oil scenarios that attempt to explain and extrapolate U.S. energy, military, and foreign policy.

To date, America's China policy evolves with relatively little public information, insight, or debate.

In the Internet age, that's not desirable or justifiable.

So, China Matters.

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