The United States and China are moving towards a healthy relationship but there are some strategic differences that may further deepen in future.
A War of Words
China is wary of America’s interference in its regional politics.
With the U.S. economy in a steep decline, SinoU.S. rivalry is reaching a peak. People’s Republic of China (PRC) gained independence in 1949. Prior to that PRC had been brutalized by successive colonists, who ransacked the treasure troves of ancient Chinese dynasties, leaving the nation destitute. The Japanese occupation and the reign of terror by the Kuomintang (KMT) brought about the Long March led by the Communist Party of China (CPC) leader Mao Tse Dong. KMT Chief Chiang Kai Shek retreated to Taiwan, while ironically U.S. and the Occident recognized the government of KMT as “Republic of China”, ignoring the right of existence of 1.5 billion inhabitants of PRC for twenty six years.
Taiwan was also accommodated as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, while PRC was treated as a pariah, with the west prohibiting all from dealing, trading or providing any technological support to it. Despite all the restrictions, PRC continued to develop and in the last thirty years, its pragmatic leadership and astute planning has brought about a phenomenal rise in its economy and military strength.
The U.S., which was instrumental in suppressing PRC for nearly three decades, became wary of China’s rising power, which has overtaken Japan’s economy and is forecast to surpass the U.S. in a decade or so. However, the decline in the U.S. economy, its budget deficit, loss of credit rating and debt crisis may narrow the gap even sooner. Despite the fact that PRC bailed the U.S. by purchasing three trillion dollars worth of government bonds, the U.S. wastes no opportunity to criticize PRC. Its recent calls for the PRC to revalue its curren-
America’s meddling with Chinese domestic politics can sour relations with Beijing.