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Is the rise of China a threat or opportunity for the United States?

A threat? How could China be a threat to the world and the United States? What would be considered a threat for the US?
An opportunity? What could China offer the US? What could China offer the international community?
Examples and past relationships
Weapons of mass destruction and the war on terror?
China's need for energy?

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    Nov 27 2012: It has been good for both countries. The U.S. has gotten more stuff for less money via Wal Mart.

    People think that the jobs are going there because everything they see says made in China on it. The largest manufacturing country in the world is the United States by far. The U.S. builds jets, big tractors, high tech stuff, etc. which the average consumer does not see the made in tag.

    By producing stuff for a cheaper cost the market expands as more people can afford it. The higher volume affords more job in importing, sales, installation, service, etc. The net effect is more jobs for both countries.

    No question the U.S. has problems and they will catch up with us sooner than later but trading with other countries is not one of them.

    View this video for a further explanation.

    http://www.ted.com/talks/matt_ridley_when_ideas_have_sex.html
  • Nov 26 2012: "Is the rise of China a threat or opportunity for the United States?"

    Both, China will bring more stability to Asia and Africa, which the US can benefit from and China could be a potent US ally against common enemies, on the other hand China does, and will continue to protect traditional enemies of the United States and compete with it over natural resources, in addition to existing competitors, cheap overconsumption in the West, but the United States specifically (they consume the most out of the entire West) will come to an end.
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    Nov 26 2012: Neither. It should be a study in what occured and what needs to occur to correct problems within the United States. Our problems have been inflected through poor leadership, stupid econimic irresponsibability, greedy unions, and a host of other causes and effects.

    The Communist Party leader stated that he no longer would run for office as the Democratic Party has embraced communism. We have arrived there. Economic collaspe, big government, and a Constitution in distress.

    As the Republic is gravely wounded .. and China is on the growth path .. the question is what will the Chinese learn from the fall of the US as the once powerful and economical sound world leader.

    Just as Argentina the US will continue to fall until only the worst is left and all the rest unsalvagable. Those who fail to heed history and learn from it are doom to relive it. Once social programs proved to people they no longer had to work for survival the end was in sight. The removal of religion, manupilation of the media, and now class warfare has begin and as the socialist doctrine states that is the final straw.

    Before the election I stated , "be careful what you wish for ... you may get it". Congratulations.
    • Nov 26 2012: Lol, China is build on a socialist basis with heavy state involvement and it keeps instituting new social programs, each one bigger than the previous one. China's rise , like the rise of a wealthy Northern Europe, Japan and Canada before is evidence that a mixed economy can work. Whatever America is doing wrong, the problem definitely is not having too many social programs.
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        Nov 26 2012: Of every thing I wrote including "Once social programs proved to people they no longer had to work for survival the end was in sight." You deduced that I thought the only problem was to many social programs.

        Thanks for your reply.