The Unstoppable Rise of China!!!
The Biden administration is tackling what seems to be every U.S. administration before it has attempted to do and failed: How to slow down or stop China’s rise. Undoubtedly, China at first and at the behest of the U.S. modernized its economy to the point where it has in many ways surpassed the U.S. be it in manufacturing and technology or Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth and employment.
Many U.S. policymakers argue that they want China to be more like the U.S., but not to surpass us; however, that is exactly what is happening as it is now expected. I have been, like many others, arguing that China will officially overtake the U.S. and become the world's largest economy by the end of this decade, if not sooner.
This comes on the heels of the recent first major meeting in Alaska between China and the U.S. under the Biden administration when many, including China, hoped that the U.S. would approach the talks in a so-called constructive manner. Alas, only a few days before the meeting Washington intensified its diplomatic and verbal assault against the Asian superpower stating, “China is the greatest long-term strategic threat to security in the 21st century. The CCP insidious and corrosive and corrupt influences at work globally and in this Region”.
In addition to throwing insults Washington has sanctioned 24 Hong Kong and Chinese officials for what it views as Beijing’s crackdown on the region of Hong Kong after a year of protests that many believe were backed by the U.S. The Chinese government prompted authorities to restore order in Hong Kong while changing the regional government's makeup; both moves have been criticized by Washington.
The U.S. has also imposed sanctions on companies from a handful of nations including China accusing them of supporting the sale of Iranian petrochemicals.
Adding to the tensions, the U.S. has approved export permits for equipment needed to build Taiwan’s first domestically made military submarine fleet. Many believe this approval goes against the one China policy in which the U.S., officially, agreed that Taiwan falls under Beijing’s jurisdiction.
David Oualaalou is a Geopolitical Consultant, Award Winning Educator, Veteran, Author, and former International Security analyst in Washington, D.C.