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I have hesitated to post this topic for about a month, but in other threads, such as the cyberspace thread, it is coming up. I know this is not a PC topic, but China is quite possibly becoming a major threat. They have been caaught numerous times performing cyber attacks on the US DOD computers. They are in the midst of a massive military build up working towards a power projection force. They are unwilling to allow their currency to float to Global norms, they have massive and very effective spy network in the US that steals Govt and corporate secrets seemingly at will. The flip side is they are our major trading partner. They are a direct reason for the new cyberspace command and they continue to disregard global intellectual and property rights.

 

The problem is, how do we shut them down from raping us, while keeping them as a reliable trading partner? Should we build our military in the future with an eye on countering China? Do we ignore their attempts to take advantage of our good nature? What do we do?

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I have hesitated to post this topic for about a month, but in other threads, such as the cyberspace thread, it is coming up. I know this is not a PC topic, but China is quite possibly becoming a major threat. They have been caaught numerous times performing cyber attacks on the US DOD computers. They are in the midst of a massive military build up working towards a power projection force. They are unwilling to allow their currency to float to Global norms, they have massive and very effective spy network in the US that steals Govt and corporate secrets seemingly at will. The flip side is they are our major trading partner. They are a direct reason for the new cyberspace command and they continue to disregard global intellectual and property rights.

 

The problem is, how do we shut them down from raping us, while keeping them as a reliable trading partner? Should we build our military in the future with an eye on countering China? Do we ignore their attempts to take advantage of our good nature? What do we do?

 

Hope their emerging middle class is more even handed than the hoi poloi the communist party does stupid pet tricks for (shooting down satellites) tricks to keep happy.

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I think that within the next 10-20 years in China you'll see the PRC hold free and democratic elections, reintegrate peacefully with Taiwan, and become a moderating force in the world.

 

China just doesn't operate at the same pace as the rest of the world. They're a 3000 year old civilization with an unbroken history, their pace of change reflects that.

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I think that within the next 10-20 years in China you'll see the PRC hold free and democratic elections, reintegrate peacefully with Taiwan, and become a moderating force in the world.

 

China just doesn't operate at the same pace as the rest of the world. They're a 3000 year old civilization with an unbroken history, their pace of change reflects that.

 

In fact far from operating on a different pace or cliches about a 3000 year old civilisation, if your prediction comes true, that would put the CPC (Communist Party of China) on pretty much the same pace as the CPSU (Communist Party of the Soviet Union) in terms of time to realise that Leninism is a bust politically as well as economically (i.e. 70 odd years in power).

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They are in the midst of a massive military build up working towards a power projection force.

 

Won't happen for the next few decades if ever. Expeditionary forces are the most expensive kind and give the least bang for buck. They are simply too poor to spend that kind of cash without near term tangible benefit. Aside from that they are, and always have been, essentially isolationist. Both will have to change before there is a consensus to invest the vast sums needed (remember they don't have an Ally which will help out with Logistics and Support if needed, they have to do everything themselves).

 

They are unwilling to allow their currency to float to Global norms, they have massive and very effective spy network in the US that steals Govt and corporate secrets seemingly at will.

 

I fail to see what the first has to do with anything. It might surprise you but the number of freely convertible currencies is actually in single digits. To the second point...considering the fact that Israel is apparently involved in half of all discovered espionage cases in the US might put things in a bit of perspective.

 

Apparently even we have been active in that regard. I'm actually surprised our Intelligence Service (such as it is) was able to pull off something like that.

 

continue to disregard global intellectual and property rights.

 

Again I don't see the point? For all the hooha about this, it's actually hurting them now and in the medium to long term it's going to hurt them even more. They will always be trapped in the low margin part of the value chain. Their domestic R&D is tiny and isn't likely to grow since there's no benefit. The domestic rivals have the habit of stealing tech from each other as well and since orders are only achieved by cutt throat price competition they are all living hand in mouth.

 

The problem is, how do we shut them down from raping us, while keeping them as a reliable trading partner? Should we build our military in the future with an eye on countering China? Do we ignore their attempts to take advantage of our good nature? What do we do?

 

:rolleyes:

 

Hope their emerging middle class is more even handed than the hoi poloi the communist party does stupid pet tricks for (shooting down satellites) tricks to keep happy.

 

Actually the middle class is exactly the crowd they are catering to with these kind of tricks. Those below are too busy scrambling trying to eke out an existence to bother with that kind of stuff. You have to be middle class to be aware of the fact that an outside world exists in the first place.

 

I think that within the next 10-20 years in China you'll see the PRC hold free and democratic elections, reintegrate peacefully with Taiwan, and become a moderating force in the world.

 

I think it'd be a mistake to call China a communist country right now. They're more like an oligarchy at present, though at the local level there are elections.

 

I'd multiply those numbers by a factor of 10 and that's only if everything works out PERFECTLY. In the meantime, there are plenty of reefs which will easily sink that ship. Remember that the last 20 years have been the easy bit. The stress test will be when things slow down. The structure presently is a house of cards, any slowdown is likely to turn into a full blown recession and could easily trigger a major internal crises. The question isn't if, but when and how.

 

Oligarchy is probably the most precise term. The other term that comes to mind is Mess. I'm actually at a loss of how to describe it.

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I think Russia should be more worried than the US , their far east holds what China desperately needs : natural gas and oil.

 

Will the US go to war for Taiwan ? As time passes that possibility diminishes IMO.10 years from now China will invade Taiwan and this will be a simple beep on the stock exchanges of the world.

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I think Russia should be more worried than the US , their far east holds what China desperately needs : natural gas and oil.

 

I cannot picture China risking a nuclear war over this. They're better off investing in nuclear power, buying up foreign oil fields and making friends with people like Hugo Chavez.

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Not a threat in the short to medium term militarily. A cold war like situation may arise where they try to gather technical intelligence to improve their forces but there are not enough point of friction yet. IMO war by proxy is the most likely situation, possibly in the ME.

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They are unwilling to allow their currency to float to Global norms,

 

 

Not banker-hating, but China is perfectly reasonable in this. If you look at the scope of Breton-Woods and the subsequent Asian version, it's insane. A handful of super-rich and super-powerful men deciding the shape of the world, "You shalt sell us all your gold, and the Western hemisphere shalt have floating exchange rates. The Asians shall have fixed exchange rates, etc etc just like Moses speaking from the mountain.

 

It's an offensive situation in many respects, can't blame China one bit for rubbing their noses in it many years later when they get a chance.

 

For what it's worth floated exchange countries still cheat, Canada was accused (caught) many times artificially lowering the price of the dollar in order to boost exports under Liberal gov'ts who sought short-term benefits at all costs.

 

 

P.S. China may be able to hit, but they can't take punches. No other country is so utterly dependent on so few dams.

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P.S. China may be able to hit, but they can't take punches. No other country is so utterly dependent on so few dams.

 

They also are increasing dependent on oil delivered through shipping lanes which their Navy couldn't possibly defend against even the smallest of modern navies. A couple of D/Es could cloes the strait of Hormuz and I'd hate to be the PLAN having to try to root them out. That said, they always could just launch ballistic missiles at a country threatening their life line.

 

I suspect the appraisal a couple posts up is accurate: China is on the way up unless/until social unrests overcomes all their progress, and whatever happens the West is going to be a mere spectator. I suspect in the long run that the PRC in some form will be the next dominant power, with India being their chief rival and the West fading in mid to low level powers. Hey, we had a good run.

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The West's(US's) largest threat from China is basic theft, mainly of intellectual property. Our service based economy is PFU if the other guy shamelessly steals what we're trying to sell. S/F....Ken M

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They also are increasing dependent on oil delivered through shipping lanes which their Navy couldn't possibly defend against even the smallest of modern navies. A couple of D/Es could cloes the strait of Hormuz and I'd hate to be the PLAN having to try to root them out. That said, they always could just launch ballistic missiles at a country threatening their life line.

 

Likewise they could attempt to close the Malacca straits, cutting off oil shipments eastwards.

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I think it'd be a mistake to call China a communist country right now. They're more like an oligarchy at present, though at the local level there are elections.

 

Calling the powers that be "the communist party" in the PRC is pretty accurate. Calling the "communist party" the "communist party" is not the same as calling the PRC communist. Get the connection? *hint hint*

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I'm not sure I agree that China becoming a democracy will somehow make it "safer". I think there's a fairly strong nationalist sentiment and all they need to do is get to 25% of the United States' per capita income at which point their GDP's become equal....which means one hell of a lot of money for the military (especially considering they have no legacy albatroses like Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security and instead of debt, have large cash reserves).

 

Bottom Line: I predict we'll see China seize some of the contested islands in their coastal areas within the next 5-years and will then begin to build expeditionary forces in short order in a direct attempt to supplant the United States as the world superpower. I should add, using their $USD currency reserves, they'll crash the dollar as part of their strategy (and they will have a strategy) when the time is right.

 

 

Matthew.

 

P.S. From a grand strategic standpoint the United States needs to close market access to the PRC now. They are building their own worst enemy. Specifically, if the Communist Party of China suddenly stops providing the economic growith provided by US-market access, that's when the people will get pissed and throw them out.

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P.S. From a grand strategic standpoint the United States needs to close market access to the PRC now. They are building their own worst enemy. Specifically, if the Communist Party of China suddenly stops providing the economic growith provided by US-market access, that's when the people will get pissed and throw them out.

 

And then the people will democratically elect a new Hate-America party for messing up their economy.

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I'm not sure I agree that China becoming a democracy will somehow make it "safer". I think there's a fairly strong nationalist sentiment and all they need to do is get to 25% of the United States' per capita income at which point their GDP's become equal....which means one hell of a lot of money for the military (especially considering they have no legacy albatroses like Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security and instead of debt, have large cash reserves).

 

Bottom Line: I predict we'll see China seize some of the contested islands in their coastal areas within the next 5-years and will then begin to build expeditionary forces in short order in a direct attempt to supplant the United States as the world superpower. I should add, using their $USD currency reserves, they'll crash the dollar as part of their strategy (and they will have a strategy) when the time is right.

Matthew.

 

They already have 3/4 the GDP, are 'Fait Accompli'-ing Vietnamese islands, and were demonstrating beach landings last year in that operation, 'peace and happiness' or something.

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Every a couple of decades, the Chinese has a nasty habbit of having a small rebellion that eats up about 20-40 million lives. I think they're sorta worried more about that than expanding. This also epxlains their obsession with Taiwan.

 

I don't think so.

 

Taiwan hasn't ever really been a part of "the empire" proper. The main problem with Taiwan, is that it lays right off the center of China's coast and it's economically powerful. That's a strategic threat.

 

It's also a point of national pride, seeing as it's the last nationalist bastion.

 

The Chinese also usually have those rebellions when the peasant class feel uppity, repressed, there is a large amount of social turmoil, and the mandarins are abusive, and the emperor (PRC paramount leader in this case) is exceedingly weak.

 

When you see the mandarins (provincial party leadership) getting away with murder and not being executed and the new middle class going through economic hardship, then I think you'll see signs of internal strain like rebellious sentiment.

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A college friend of mine spent a couple years in the PRC teaching American Lit at a Chinese university. This guy is pretty lefty-lib--several of the conversations we've had on chat in the last few years, I've had to "agree to disagree", regarding his feelings about American aggressiveness, the war on terror, etc. So, coming from him...

 

He found Chinese uni students to be extremely jingoistic, extremely aggressive militarily, blamed America for everything, were extremely racist against Caucasians. This included the faculty and the staff--Caucasians were believed to be sexually rapacious, and even the Dean (or whatever they call it over there) would make "wink wink, nudge nudge" jokes to Patrick that he found offensive, suggesting that Patrick was only there for the Chinese chicks. He was not allowed to see female students after class hours, because it was believed that all he wanted to do was bed them. He had a camera set up outside his campus residence, to make sure that he did not have Chinese female students over to his house.

 

At one point, he actually tore up the "government-approved" text book he and his class were using, in front of his class, and tossed it in the wastebasket--he couldn't stand teaching the blatant propaganda in the text. Even basic English lessons were politically loaded. Examples of use for positive words were couched in sentences praising the Communist Party and PRC in general, while negative words and descriptors were couched in sentences derogating Taiwan, Japan, the US, and the West in general. And the Chinese university students accepted all this without question. US college faculty spends all its time hating the West...and Chinese college faculty and students do as well. You don't see any introspective hand-wringing and self-loathing at Chinese unis that you find in US institutions. At all.

 

So don't expect the emerging Chinese middle class to be more laid-back, Patrick was educating them for several years recently, and they're very militarily aggressive, very "patriotic" in some of the worst ways, and quite hungry for military action against well...pretty much everyone else.

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He found Chinese uni students to be extremely jingoistic, extremely aggressive militarily, blamed America for everything, were extremely racist against Caucasians. This included the faculty and the staff--Caucasians were believed to be sexually rapacious, and even the Dean (or whatever they call it over there) would make "wink wink, nudge nudge" jokes to Patrick that he found offensive, suggesting that Patrick was only there for the Chinese chicks. He was not allowed to see female students after class hours, because it was believed that all he wanted to do was bed them. He had a camera set up outside his campus residence, to make sure that he did not have Chinese female students over to his house.

 

They have had numerous rather bad experiences with guys in their 20's or 30's. Your friend sounds like one of the exceptions but in general their paranoia in that regard isn't unjustified. Another point is that college students in China aren't anywhere close to mature. With many, one basically has to subtract 4-6 years from their age to get an equivalent "western" maturity level. So the girls can be rather "suspectable" and don't necessarily know what they are getting themselves into (they also have ZERO SexEd, so when they do get active, many are stupid).

 

At one point, he actually tore up the "government-approved" text book he and his class were using, in front of his class, and tossed it in the wastebasket--he couldn't stand teaching the blatant propaganda in the text. Even basic English lessons were politically loaded. Examples of use for positive words were couched in sentences praising the Communist Party and PRC in general, while negative words and descriptors were couched in sentences derogating Taiwan, Japan, the US, and the West in general. And the Chinese university students accepted all this without question.

 

They never would. Expressing an opinion is pretty much the last thing they would do in class. Doesn't mean they believe all of it or aren't aware of what it is. Of course a certain percentage is genuinely brainwashed but no way to say how many. Talking to them one on one (over time) is the only way and opinions are surprisingly varied.

 

Edit: The only ones who really seem to get their blood boiling is the Japanese, however considering how the memory of the GPPWAFA is kept alive and cultivated, seemingly from kindergarten onwards in songs, children's stories etc. that is hardly surprising.

 

So don't expect the emerging Chinese middle class to be more laid-back, Patrick was educating them for several years recently, and they're very militarily aggressive, very "patriotic" in some of the worst ways, and quite hungry for military action against well...pretty much everyone else.

 

I don't see them as being military aggressive. What they do like is the kind of hat tricks that Bras was talking about. I would expect a lot more at those kind of stunts. However the main thing is giving the illusion of strength (IOW the whole "face" story), the reality is much less important. Funny thing is that they are bipolar schizophrenics. Massive inferiority complexes coexisting with massive superiority complexes and them seemingly switching from one to the other at the drop of a hat.

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well, let me share some second-hand subjective observations too.

 

Most Chinese I've met would never take any news reports from the official Chinese sources at face value. That's true for people from any authoritarian countries. You friend probably overestimated the effect those "government-approved" textbooks have on his students. They may repeat the official lines, but nobody really believe a word of it, and privately (more often publicly these days) make fun of them.

 

The population subset your friend had contact with (university students) are probably the most nationalist and aggressive group in China these days. Many are extremely politically naive, overestimate the current capability of their military and economic power, and have highly unrealistic expectations regarding their country's future. Chinese universities are very stressful places. The suicide rate among Chinese college students is probably the highest in the world. They are extremely competitive academically. The students live in primitive living conditions by western standards. And there are few opportunities for sexual relationships. So they are perfect breeding ground for extremist politically ideas. and the only politically acceptable method to express those frustrations is through extreme nationalism and anti-foreign rhetorics. Their favorite target is Japan and too a far less extent, America.

 

On the other hand, the Chinese I've met who are in their late 20's to 30's, are all single-minded in their determination to build a career and make money. Nobody in that population group care a bit about politics. They may share a certain level of anti-Americanism with the rest of the world after Iraq, but are far more interested in doing business rather than war with us.

 

On Chinese racism, my impression is that they don't hid it as well as us. I had to take a group of visiting Chinese clients around NYC a while ago, and one of them said to me that they love the city except for "your black people". They don't have the benefit decades of politically correct indoctrination that we do. and they have far less contact with foreign cultures and have far less need to behave politically correct for the sake of racial harmony, in their largely racially homogeneous society.

 

A college friend of mine spent a couple years in the PRC teaching American Lit at a Chinese university. This guy is pretty lefty-lib--several of the conversations we've had on chat in the last few years, I've had to "agree to disagree", regarding his feelings about American aggressiveness, the war on terror, etc. So, coming from him...

 

He found Chinese uni students to be extremely jingoistic, extremely aggressive militarily, blamed America for everything, were extremely racist against Caucasians. This included the faculty and the staff--Caucasians were believed to be sexually rapacious, and even the Dean (or whatever they call it over there) would make "wink wink, nudge nudge" jokes to Patrick that he found offensive, suggesting that Patrick was only there for the Chinese chicks. He was not allowed to see female students after class hours, because it was believed that all he wanted to do was bed them. He had a camera set up outside his campus residence, to make sure that he did not have Chinese female students over to his house.

 

At one point, he actually tore up the "government-approved" text book he and his class were using, in front of his class, and tossed it in the wastebasket--he couldn't stand teaching the blatant propaganda in the text. Even basic English lessons were politically loaded. Examples of use for positive words were couched in sentences praising the Communist Party and PRC in general, while negative words and descriptors were couched in sentences derogating Taiwan, Japan, the US, and the West in general. And the Chinese university students accepted all this without question. US college faculty spends all its time hating the West...and Chinese college faculty and students do as well. You don't see any introspective hand-wringing and self-loathing at Chinese unis that you find in US institutions. At all.

 

So don't expect the emerging Chinese middle class to be more laid-back, Patrick was educating them for several years recently, and they're very militarily aggressive, very "patriotic" in some of the worst ways, and quite hungry for military action against well...pretty much everyone else.

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However the main thing is giving the illusion of strength (IOW the whole "face" story), the reality is much less important. Funny thing is that they are bipolar schizophrenics. Massive inferiority complexes coexisting with massive superiority complexes and them seemingly switching from one to the other at the drop of a hat.

 

that trait (make perfect sense considering the past achievements of their civilization and recent overshadowing by the West) is also applicable to the Japanese, but they've had the benefit of two nukes to remind them what war is really like. hopefully the Chinese won't need the same reminder. now aren't we glad they have a sane AND authoritarian government?

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