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  1. 03 May '14 21:41 / 2 edits
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/may/03/world-nothing-fear-us-power-china-economy-democracy

    "The world has nothing to fear from the US losing power: As China looks set
    to overtake the US as the world's largest economy, a multipolar world can
    be only good for democracy"
    --Mark Weisbrot (3 May 2014)

    "China is a rising power, but the government does not seem interested in
    building an empire. Unlike the US, which has hundreds of military bases
    throughout the globe, China doesn't have any. ... They have a long way
    to go to become a rich country. ...
    The Washington foreign policy establishment is much accustomed to the
    authority, prestige, and privilege of being the most overwhelmingly dominant
    power on the planet. ... our (US) foreign policy establishment cannot imagine
    a multipolar world where the US and its allies must negotiate more and give
    orders less often. But economic trends are making this reality inevitable,
    and Americans should embrace it."
    --Mark Weisbrot
  2. Standard member redbarons
    BADGER BANNED
    04 May '14 11:39
    Originally posted by Duchess64
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/may/03/world-nothing-fear-us-power-china-economy-democracy

    "The world has nothing to fear from the US losing power: As China looks set
    to overtake the US as the world's largest economy, a multipolar world can
    be only good for democracy"
    --Mark Weisbrot (3 May 2014)

    "China is a rising power, but the g ...[text shortened]... trends are making this reality inevitable,
    and Americans should embrace it."
    --Mark Weisbrot
    America its time to suck it up...
  3. 04 May '14 19:40
    Originally posted by Duchess64
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/may/03/world-nothing-fear-us-power-china-economy-democracy

    "The world has nothing to fear from the US losing power: As China looks set
    to overtake the US as the world's largest economy, a multipolar world can
    be only good for democracy"
    --Mark Weisbrot (3 May 2014)

    "China is a rising power, but the g ...[text shortened]... trends are making this reality inevitable,
    and Americans should embrace it."
    --Mark Weisbrot
    A century ago, the US wasn't a world power. Even at the advent of WWII the US military was a weak sister to Japan, Germany or Russia. During that war, the US outmanufactured the other powers.

    We destroyed the Japanese aircraft carrier fleet and built one of our own. Inferior American Sherman tanks simply outnumbered the German panzers that eventually fell victim to a lack of fuel.

    It would be a good thing if the US would step back and stop trying to run and protect the world. Like most empires of the past, there are plenty of problems to solve at home.
  4. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    Poor Filipov :,(
    06 May '14 14:18
    China has military bases all along the coast of south Asia reaching to Africa. They are called the String of Pearls.
  5. 06 May '14 22:16
    Originally posted by AThousandYoung
    China has military bases all along the coast of south Asia reaching to Africa. They are called the String of Pearls.
    That's quite a misleading and factually inaccurate claim by AThousandYoung,
    though I know it's one that Sinophobic people seem eager to embrace.
    The demonization of China is a thriving industry in India, Japan, and much
    of the West.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/String_of_Pearls_(China)

    "The String of Pearls refers to the network of Chinese military and
    *commercial facilities and relationships* along its sea lines of communication,
    which extend from the Chinese mainland to Port Sudan."
    --Wikipedia

    As far as I know, these 'facilities and relationships' are almost all commercial.

    "Chinese possessions in the Indian ocean consist primarily of commercial
    ports owned and operated by Chinese firms."
    --Wikipedia

    If a Chinese warship pays a visit to a seaport (which US Navy warships
    routinely do around the world), that does not make it a Chinese naval base.

    "...to date there exists no evidence that suggests a Chinese military
    presence of any kind in the Maldives."
    --Wikipedia

    China and Pakistan have long been close allies. Pakistan's defence industry
    is largely based upon Chinese technology. While I expect that Pakistan would
    permit Chinese aircraft and warships to refuel there, I don't know of any
    significant Chinese military force that's permanently based in Pakistan.
    And Pakistan is by far China's closest ally in that region.

    It's in India's perceived interests (seeking Western support) to promote
    hysteria about China's alleged *potential* aims around the Indian Ocean.
    Until I see evidence of significant Chinese military forces being permanently
    based outside China, however, I shall be unconvinced.