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China’s Domestic Insecurity and Its International Consequences

  • Susan L. Shirk


China is reemerging as a major power after 150 years after being a weak player on the world stage.1 History teaches us that rising powers are likely to provoke war. The ancient historian Thucydides indentified the fear that a rising Athens inspired in other states as the cause of the Peloponnesian War. In the twentieth century, rising powers Germany and Japan were the cause of two devastating world wars. Are China and America doomed to become enemies in the twenty-first century? Inevitably, as China moves up the economic and technological ladder, it will compete with the United States and expand its global reach. But a much graver danger is that as China rises in power, the United States will misread and mishandle it, so that we find ourselves embroiled in a new Cold War or an actual military confrontation.


Foreign Policy Security Council Communist Party Chinese Communist Party Chinese Leader 
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