Talk about a conflicted, convoluted national agenda; that's how best to describe America's economic and foreign policy relationship with China. On the one hand China is the great friend and economic partner of Corporate America but, on the other, it is seen as a rising economic and military threat to America's supremacy.
*China: great friend and close associate of Corporate America
The relationship between these two close economic partners, the major corporations of this country and China, is exemplary, it could hardly be better. China has become America's prime, very dependable manufacturer of consumer products, it has been given open access to the vast American market and, as a result, it employs millions of Chinese workers and its economy continues to prosper.
Corporate America loves this relationship; it has a very reliable source for manufactured products at extremely low labor costs. These corporations no longer have to maintain costly production facilities in this country and they don't have to deal with American workers and their unions for whom they have no use. As a result their profits are soaring and the lives of corporate CEO's and managers could not be better.
*China: Threat to American supremacy, designated enemy of the U.S. government
That was the positive side of this relationship. Now let's take a look at the other side that presents a negative, adversarial relationship between the government of China and that of the U.S. While America benefits greatly from China's manufacturing and from its continued ongoing purchase of billions of dollars of U.S. securities, the U.S. government also considers China to be a distinct threat to its position as the world's #1 economic and military power.
The U.S. government, because of its great concerns of China eventually challenging its military domination in the world, has recently taken steps to substantially increase its military presence in the Asia-Pacific region; it wants to, in effect, box in China and negate its established regional power and influence. This is yet another hubristic move by the Washington war hawks that think that the solution to every problem is military power. The U.S. so-called "pivot" in that region might be better described as its latest "reckless lurch."