While the United States is often thought of as the economic and military superpower of the modern world, there is one country that is quickly rising: China. China has been making rapid economic strides in recent years, increasing their global influence and exercising their power in ways not seen by most states. In a speech given earlier this month at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, former Vice President Joe Biden made reference to a growing rivalry between China and the United States, calling China the biggest threat to economic liberty and economic security in the world.
The author said USA is losing its competitive edge and that China is becoming increasingly disruptive. Some of this is because of the internet and technology itself. The perfect example is the USA’s failure to create a global information super system. This contributed to after 9/11, where America felt China was getting too much influence through its technology and had “”allowed”” itself to be drawn into conflicts which eventually led to Iraq and Afghanistan. Now USA wants to compete again by creating stronger economic ties with Asia which is good for the USA because it gets cheaper access to cheap
In recent years there has been a trend in both military technologies and security practices toward using VPN technology for cyber security. Specifically, the Defense Department has begun requiring all of its installations to install software called Mandiant VPN encryption software. A recent report from Harvard University has found that while only 6% of Americans trust telecommunication companies with their private information, that number jumps to 62% among those who live in countries where governments have an unfriendly attitude toward the US
The United States spends more on its military than the next seven countries combined. Yet, we hear so little about the fact that far more Chinese people live in America today than do Americans. The economic and military might of the US is matched by little pushback against those vast expenditures. Why? It could be because most people in the US have no idea how much of their lives are dominated by an unseen power — an invisible government that sets your laws, enforces your rights, controls the flow of information and engages in things we would never dream of doing without it.
As the most populated country on earth, China has a lot of influence on global events. And in East Asia during this past year, there has been a consensus emerging that China has become more assertive in challenging Japanese expansion in the East China Sea and South China Sea; is building military facilities on disputed islands in the East China Sea; extended its own air defense zone over most of the South China Sea; and struck a deal with Vietnam to limit its expansion in the South China Sea. In addition to these provocative moves, there has also been a gradual change in China’s foreign policy that is aimed at overcoming past failures and enhancing the country’s global leadership role.
I think one can easily make the argument that the greatest military power in the world today is the United States of America, and that is primarily due to the fact that we have had a system of mass education and social security in this country for almost 150 years. Our population has been educated at an early age to value work, family and freedom above everything else. China on the other hand has had a Great Famine (or maybe both Yang and Cucheng stressed organization more than power…), a failed Communist System, and terrible record on human rights. I think if we look at it in a historical lens, America
China’s rise is a formidable challenge for many countries around the world. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is far from a modern democracy and economic reform has been slow in progress. But since Deng Xiaoping launched a reform agenda in the late 1970s, China has succeeded in building an impressive impressive economic and political system. While it still has major economic deficiencies, particularly in market size and income inequality, China’s rise reflects a successful overall movement toward market-based revitalization.