America then is good for China and other Asian countries. But China’s rise is also good for the American presence in Asia. Without China’s ebullient economic and political development, America – which ostensibly should have pulled out or greatly reduced its military footprint following the collapse of the Soviet empire – would have far less cause to maintain its presence in the region. Asian countries could more easily manage their affairs by themselves, and the US government and businesses would have less reason to be involved on the continent.
China’s ”threat” then is a blessing for all countries involved; it can be seen as the reason for the peaceful development of the Asia-Pacific region.
This blessing, however, hinges on a delicate balance: …
The China ‘threat’ as a blessing