China, Friend or Foe? 147 replies

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#1 11 years ago

What is YOUR opinion on China. Many books such as, "The Coming Conflict With China" and, "Red Dragon Rising" have interpreted wars between China and the U.S. where China is posed as the villian. But the question is, WHY would there be a war?




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#2 11 years ago

Taiwan would be a possible cause for war, sanctions imposed on the basis of humanitarian rights issues could be another, or possibly the old commie versus capitalism line of thinking.




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#3 11 years ago

I see no reason for a war at all. America should NOT invade China, as it has no reason to. I voted for "WHY?".




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#4 11 years ago

I see no reason for USA and China to go to war, it'd serve no real purpose. of course the war on terror hasn't really done anything either besides make alot of people angry.




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#5 11 years ago

The risks of a war far outweigh the benefits. It would not only have an impossible chance of proper victory, but it would ruin the economies of both nations.

If Taiwan was invaded (and I regard this as extremely unlikely), I think America would rather sit back than really defend it. However, China won't invade unless it is absolutely sure it can get away with it, which it can't.

I think a far more realistic situation is that China will eventually let Taiwan go.




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#6 11 years ago

Why is the only answer that makes sense, neither side would benefit from it and the humanitarian cost would be unprecedented. The only realistic conflict point, like others have said, would be an invasion of Taiwan like it has been threatened by China if Taiwan gets too cocky. But, like marsoe said, it is extremely unlikely that China would actually risk this since the only real gain would part of its injured national pride. Taiwan has a massive military buildup for such a small place and an extremely dense population, no one wants to risk a conflict there.




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#7 11 years ago

The question in the title of the thread and the poll question are two different questions. I'll start with the poll, and the answer is no. No, the U.S. and China are superpower, a war between the two would be so astoundingly deadly, expensive, and horrifying that it would be as bad as, if not worse then WWII. Millions of casualties, hundreds of trillions of dollars spent, economies destroyed, possible nuclear warfare leading to even more deaths. It would be terrible.

But as to the question of whether China is a friend or foe the answer is that they are more or less a competitor or rival as opposed to an outright enemy. They certainly aren't our allies but they aren't enemies either. They basically are new upstart rivals to U.S. economic power.




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#8 11 years ago
Afterburner;3799614But as to the question of whether China is a friend or foe the answer is that they are more or less a competitor or rival as opposed to an outright enemy. They certainly aren't our allies but they aren't enemies either. They basically are new upstart rivals to U.S. economic power.

I wouldn't even necessarily call the economic relationship rivalry, commerce between the two is huge and they don't really compete in the same areas so much anyway. US is more about automobiles, electronics, pharmaceuticals and such will the Chinese economy is based on mass production of consumer goods.




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#9 11 years ago

They should not go to war.

While china is not a nice country in general (not saying the US is), a war would cause far more misery than anything the chinese government is doing to its people, and those in Tibet. Not to mention a war with china would kill the global economy.




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#10 11 years ago

The only way I could see a war between the US and China would be over Taiwan, and even then it would probably contain itself to Taiwan and the surrounding sea. The only other possibility is some sort of cold war a la Russia in the 60s and 70s and all, but, there is really no reason for that at all...