As noted frequently in these pages, China has gradually become the most prominent bete noire of American empire. As such it has displaced Russia which had successfully reprised that role for at least the previous four years.
China's new status has raised the question for many: Is it truly an adversary of the U.S. -- or even an enemy? Or is China simply America's latest very challenging competitor?
Recently, Pulitzer Prize- winning journalist, Glen Greenwald attempted to answer those questions. He moderated a highly informative 90-minute debate on China between Matt Stoller and Kishore Madhubani.
Madhubani, on the other hand, described China in more sanguine terms. Madhubani is a Singaporean academic and former President of UN Security Council (2001-2004). He also served as Singapore's Permanent Representative to the U.N. (1984-'89, 1998-2004). He's the author of Has China Won? The Chinese Challenge to American Primacy.
What follows is a quick-and-easy outline of the arguments presented first by Stoller and secondly by Madhubani. I conclude briefly with my own perspective that takes issue with both debaters. Each of them along with Glen Greenwald, erroneously accept without question the categorization of China as a violator of human rights. In reality, I argue, China is more a human rights champion than the United States itself.
Matt Stoller: China is Not Merely A Competitor
A. Though not exactly an enemy or adversary, China is a threatening bad actor.
B. Witness China's Growing Economic Power Globally:
1. In a very short time has transitioned from a severely underdeveloped country to the 2nd most powerful economy in the world.
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