The United States and its Allied ‘Stupid’ Commitment to China Aroused Colossal Geopolitical Threat: Mearsheimer | Taiwan news
The United States and its Allied ‘Stupid’ Commitment to China Aroused Colossal Geopolitical Threat: Mearsheimer |  Taiwan news

The United States and its Allied ‘Stupid’ Commitment to China Aroused Colossal Geopolitical Threat: Mearsheimer | Taiwan news

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The US and its allies’ previous involvement in China in the post-Cold War period was “foolish” and has posed a colossal threat as Asia’s economic wavelength seeks regional hegemony, says academic John Mearsheimer.


In an in-depth interview with Nikkei Asia reviewMearsheimer explains why this policy was doomed from the beginning, pointing out that this was not solely American political foolishness, and that Taiwan and other East Asian nations could not see what the end result of the engagement would be either.


“Not only did the United States help China grow economically, but Taiwan, of all countries, foolishly helped China grow, so did Japan, so did South Korea, as did all the European countries. They all pursued a remarkably foolish policy.”


Mearsheimer claims that it made perfect diplomatic sense during the 1970s and ’80s for Washington to establish a “quasi-alliance” with China to counter the Soviet Union (what is referred to in Chinese as “lian chung chi su” – ” But when the Cold War ended, the United States continued to deepen economic engagement with China for nearly two more decades under the false belief that it would lead to political reforms in the country.


Instead, he claims, China used this economic growth to strengthen its military, which has led to the dangerous current situation. He describes the current situation as a new Cold War.


Mearsheimer says the United States and Japan are now willing to “contain China,” both militarily and economically, and that it is possible to limit China to some degree if the right approach is taken. He says militarily that this involves stopping China’s irredentism in the South and East China Seas as well as preventing it from taking over Taiwan.


Economically, it is too late to stem China’s growth in a meaningful way, he says, but gaining a foothold through renewed economic vitality in the West could give the United States and its allies the upper hand. Mearsheimer says strategic technologies such as AI, quantum computers and 5G networks will be the main battlegrounds for dominance.


Mearsheimer says it makes strategic sense for the U.S. or Japanese economies to impose countermeasures against the Chinese economy that could even harm their own economies as long as they harm Beijing more.


“The question in these cases is always: ‘Who will be harmed more?’


The professor at the University of Chicago is a leader in the realistic school of international relations. His leading theory – “offensive realism” – claims that states are by nature aggressive power-maximizers who, because of their need for security and survival, are constantly seeking to diminish the power of their rivals and to strengthen their own.


Mearsheimer foresaw the failure to engage China in his 2001 book “The tragedy of great power politics. His second bestseller on the subject includes The great delusionwhich criticizes liberal thinking on international politics.

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