“When China looks around the world, they see every state as potential fuel for their meteoric rise. When America looks to the world, they see partners seeking to cooperate in an American-dominated international system. Given the disparity in outlooks—and the rise of China’s power—Americans would do well to abandon the naïve sentiments of the idealists and notions about an inevitable “end of history” that culminates with the global embrace of liberal democracy. Instead, we should return to an understanding of realistic American strategic concepts such as “peace through strength.”
“Otherwise, in a few short years, the United States might wake up to a surprise attack more devastating than Pearl Harbor over Taiwan–and the United States just might lose such an engagement. Whoever wins, the resulting conflict would be costly and devastating on an order not experienced since the Second World War.”
President-elect Donald Trump has signaled his intention to hold Sino-American Relations hostage until he can force the Chinese to renegotiate trade deals with the U.S. Mr. Trump has signaled his willingness to recognize Taiwan in order to get the Chinese to the table. In turn, this has prompted hostility from China. This essay addresses why China will challenged the new Trump Administration.