Rajan Menon, a professor of international relations at the City College of New York, warned that the United States and China would incur “massive losses in blood and treasure if their rivalry grew untempered by any sense of shared interest and led to war. “
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) — An American scholar recently expressed concern about deteriorating relations between the US and China, saying Americans don’t know what the worst outcome could be.
While most U.S. Democrats and Republicans who influence U.S. foreign policy agree to see China as its biggest rival, the public isn’t clear on the price a war could cost both countries, said Rajan Menon, a professor of international relations at the City College of New York, said in a recently published op-ed on the Los Angeles Times website.
Menon, also a fellow of the Quincy Institute and of the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University, warned that the United States and China would incur “massive losses in blood and treasure as their rivalry intensifies, untempered by any sense of shared interests, and leads to war.”
“China and the US have the resources to carry out cyber attacks on each other’s financial systems,” he said. “The shockwaves generated by a clash between the US and China would quickly ripple through the global economy.”
He expressed doubts that the American people would follow the politicians’ “hard talk” to support a war against China if policymakers explained exactly what a war means in “blood and treasure.”
Citing the US Department of Defense’s latest annual report on China’s armed forces, the scholar pointed out that the military fallout would be catastrophic if the two sides resorted to the battlefield.
Ultimately, the professor expressed hope that US and Chinese leaders can work together “to prevent military drills and verbal jousting from turning into war”.