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Does China pose a threat to the United States?

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International security: Is China a threat to US security?

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From the middle of the twentieth century, China has presented a formidable military threat. Aside from the largest standing army in the world, China poses a threat both in terms of technology and regional ambition. The ‘Cox Report’ revealed that Chinese espionage resulted in the acquisition of information about military guidance systems and modern nuclear warheads. Chinese military exercises regularly simulate attacks on US troops that are situated in South Korea and the Japanese island of Okinawa. China presents an unacceptable military threat both directly and indirectly. Chinese arms deals buy hefty influence with various rogue states of international politics, and equip these nations to harm their civilians and threaten other states. The transfer of weapons to Pakistan, Sudan, Sri Lanka and Burma has precipitated an arms race with India and conflict in Kashmir, allowed two civil wars to be fought, and bolstered a brutal military junta. We no longer have to fear only terror from the East, but terror from around the world, that flows from China.[1]





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People wrongly associate a military threat with the Communist political regime, rather than the pacific attitudes of its leaders: In terms of defence spending, China is insignificant, accounting for only 4.5% of the global total, as opposed to 33.9% generated by the US. Similarly, the amount of arms dealing is also no cause for concern. China transferred $1 billion of weapons, constituting 2.2% of the global total. The United States, by contrast, traded 45% of the world’s weapons, and Britain, 18%. Moreover, it could hardly be claimed that these powers themselves have an ethical record for the manufacture and sale of weapons. British fighter planes have been used in the suppression of civil unrest in Indonesia and East Timor, whilst American weapons have equipped the Taleban in Afghanistan and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. The US has refused even to sign up to the convention prohibiting the use of landmines. Evidently, Britain and the United States also have nuclear weapons arsenals, probably in excess of the number of warheads held by China. China is a signatory to the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. China has never detonated a nuclear weapon in conflict, nor shown any willingness to do so. The United States however did use two nuclear devices in East Asia in 1945. Perhaps it is no surprise that China decided therefore it needed nuclear weapons for its own defence.[2]




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Does China have the chance of being advanced more economically than the United States?

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Yes

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No

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Many believe China will be the next Soviet Union. Is this true?

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Yes

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No

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