What is happening in the world? There seemed to be a switch in the good old American nemesis when The Soviet Union fell in 1989 leaving the world with only one super power. SO the US has had a vacuum in the rival department, a gap for a rival nation. The United States has always seemed to thrive when it has an adversary to compete against. From Germany, Vietnam, the Soviet Union, and then a void.
IN the 90′s maybe a fit could have been with Iraq in the Gulf War, or in the conflicts after 9/11 with Afghanistan and Iraq. But after declaring war on the entire terrorism of the Middle East it seems to be a faceless enemy with no end to the conflict. Not even when Bin Laden was killed did there seem to be an end to a messy conflict in Iraw and Afghanistan.
No there is nothing like a super power against another super power. The US had seemed to find their new rival in the form of China. They fit the criteria in so many ways. An emerging nuclear nation, with a huge arms capability, enormous population and economic growth. To top it all off China is a self proclaimed Communist nation, one could argue it might be a very lax version of Communism given the semblance of a free market.
Still there is something missing. There can be no great rivalry when the world is so interconnected, and every nation would lose should a conflict arise. In this common sense China has been very wise. There have been many situations where the upcoming super power could have rubbed the US the wrong way, and escalate tensions but China has held back even cooperating.
In the perfect example is China’s dealing with North Korea. A crazy Asian dictatorship hell bent on acquiring nuclear arms to say look what I have to their Southern neighbors and the international community. China has been a longstanding partner with North Korea in terms of trade and geographic position. So if they wanted to China could have supported North Korea and even aid their attempt at attaining nuclear arms going against the US.
However recently China has told the volatile North Korea to hold its roll on the upcoming nuclear testing of weapons. China has actively tried to stop tensions from rising between the West and North Korea. Even threatening to stop aid if North Korea continues the nuclear testing.
How underwhelming and undramatic is this? The cooperation of a potential rival nation in stopping the spreading of nuclear weapons. China has been demoted in my eyes as a world super nuclear rival, to just upcoming economic giant that will simply just buy the US.
So it seems that China has been very smart in their dealings with other Asian nations. Realizing that a conflict would halt their economic growth, and stop everything they have been trying to create to become a legitimate super power. So China will not only stop North Korea from getting to crazy, but actually aid the US to some degree.
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