China: Goodwill or Bad will?

Policymakers and political analysts are currently in a state over the new global order that is somewhat being shaped by China’s rapid rise in world affairs. The possible effect and consequence of the country’s growing power and influence has stimulated a lot of convergent and divergent views. In a head-to-head dialogue between Zbigniew Brzezinski and John Mearsheimer, the former conjectured that China is too preoccupied with its economic ascent and therefore not inclined to destabilize the United States’ influence in the region. The latter however, firmly states that China cannot rise peacefully. Just as all the rising great powers in the world history does, China will have to take measures in order to survive and secure her position as a super. An increasingly powerful China is most likely going to try to dislodge the threat of the United States out of Asia. One scholar paints a picture of an ideal rising China who is more reasonable, flexible and nonviolent; another draws a dark image of a calculating rising China who is aware of her weaknesses (especially in the military capability), and who is wisely trying to extricate herself from the internal and external threats of these weaknesses so as to secure the commanding position in the global balance of power in the future. In lieu of the principles of debate, Mearsheimer’s arguments shine through.
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