The Rise of China and the Interests of the U.S. – Carl Minzner

Carl Minzner, a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, wrote the following op-ed for Ripon Society (“The conscience of the Republican Party”):

While the grinding Iraq war currently dominates the attention of the American public and government, China’s steady rise in economic and political influence is the single event that will reshape international politics in the 21st century. Sooner or later, American officials will turn their attention to confronting this issue. There are two key points to keep in mind.

First, China’s rising influence is natural… Second, China’s leaders are not seeking a worldwide confrontation with the United States. Their key priorities are domestic. [Full text]

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