The Chinese are a great people with a rich history. They have known general dominance throughout their 4,000-year history. What’s more, as Deng Xiaoping said when the Soviet Union collapsed, China has been engaged in a second Cold War with the United States. They’ve been winning—and they will continue to do so unless we do more than what we’ve been doing to counter them.
President-elect Donald Trump has signaled his intention to hold Sino-American Relations hostage until he can force the Chinese to renegotiate trade deals with the U.S. Mr. Trump has signaled his willingness to recognize Taiwan in order to get the Chinese to the table. In turn, this has prompted hostility from China. This essay addresses why China will challenged the new Trump Administration.
The recent United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) ruling that China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea are categorically illegal will not bring much-needed stability to the Asia-Pacific. Indeed, this ruling will lead to still more instability. Read more to find out why.