TEHRAN – A Pakistani researcher believes Beijing can rival Washington in military might, highlighting China’s economic rise.
“China is already on par with the US on all fronts, including military,” Mahrukh Khan told the Tehran Times.
“Both nations have extraordinary military capabilities, including nuclear power,” Khan added.
However, many political experts believe that the economy gives China a significant advantage over other aspects.
“China is also aware that it will be better able to defeat the US and maintain Beijing’s influence and role as a superpower by increasing its economic power rather than militarily,” Khan noted.
Below is the text of the interview:
How do you rate the differences between the US and China? Why won’t the US recognize China’s rising global status?
The differences between the US and China are constantly increasing, be it in economics, diplomacy or securing strategic superiority. Over many years, China has been able to establish its footprint on all continents around the world through its diplomatic efforts and building infrastructures such as the BRI and CPEC. This has created an atmosphere of bipartisan tension in the US and Congress with mutual consensus to curb China’s rise. The US is not in the mood to recognize China’s rise because in return it will put Beijing on an equal footing with Washington, something the US doesn’t want. In addition, the rise of China and its recognition will pose a direct threat to the international world order that emerged in the wake of World War II, which has continuously put the West at an advantage.
“China has established its footprint on all continents through its diplomatic efforts.”Do you think the US can curb China’s influence through QUAD?
It is quite difficult to suggest or assume that the US will be able to curb the growing Chinese influence through or through the QUAD. Although the basic construction of the QUAD is against China, the countries in the Quad have not been able to achieve this because they differ in that. Australia is not interested in taking China by the horns as it has fairly good trade and economic ties. Likewise, the only one-page nations going against China are the US and India for obvious reasons alone and have become a desperate attempt by Washington and New Delhi to antagonize China.
How do you see the importance of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in consolidating China’s influence and advancing its deterrent power?
SCO has played an important role in putting China’s perspective around the world. While not a deterrent in a pure sense, it has provided her with a platform to speak up in multiple ways, infiltrating and influencing countries in the region and beyond through economic and diplomatic agendas.
Some experts argue that the US withdrew from Afghanistan to leave a destabilized region for China? What is your comment?
Not really. I believe there was a general Afghanistan fatigue for many years in the US. It was a lost cause that just needed some political realization and materialization, which happened while Trump was in office. China has been a staunch neutral player in perusing an end to the Afghan crisis and if anything, the US exit from Afghanistan has been more or less a relief for Beijing and Moscow and it has given them more room to manoeuvre. without the US police their movements.
Do you think China is able to contain US movements in the Far East through the SCO?
In a realistic sense, China does not need a SCO to contain the US The apparent rise, both diplomatic and strategic, has been a deterrent for the US. Moreover, whatever the US says, it cannot take China by its horns and cannot afford to do so for several reasons.
Do you expect China to engage in military rivalry with the US after its economic rise?
China is already on par with the US on all fronts, including the military. Both countries have extraordinary military capabilities, including nuclear power. China is also aware that it will be better able to defeat the US and maintain Beijing’s influence and role as a superpower by increasing its economic power rather than militarily.