America’s Containment of China

Military Containment
The United States has adopted a policy towards China that has not fundamentally changed since the birth of “New China” under Mao Zedong’s Communist Party leadership in 1949.

America decided to surround China by locating military bases and/or missiles in neighboring countries (e.g. South Korea, Japan, Afghanistan, Pakistan) and regions (e.g. Taiwan). American drone aircraft and special forces undertake unilateral, often secretive, undeclared military actions against nations (e.g. Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan) that are allied with or have strategic energy interests to China.

To highlight its global military superiority, the U.S. regularly conducts war games and deploys aircraft carriers and nuclear-armed submarines in an around the Asian subcontinent (e.g. Japan, South Korea, Singapore). America has also taken steps to militarize outer space and conduct spying missions in and very close to internationally-recognized Chinese water and airspace.

Diplomatic Containment
America continues to insist China’s reputation on the international stage be tied to China’s internal human rights record. While China repeatedly asks to U.S. to discontinue interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign China, America insists it has the right and duty to criticize the human rights records of nations. These criticisms often fall on the shoulders of nations with which America is not allied.

Economic Engagement
While the previous description of America’s attitude towards China indicates an adversarial relationship meant to contain China’s growth, the United States also needs to engage China in economic spheres. As the world’s factory, China provides much of the world’s cheap labor that has kept world prices low. As China’s middle class grows, the U.S. and other nations look to China’s prosperity as a unique opportunity to sell nearly a billion people everything from raw resources to finished consumer products.

A portion of the dollars China earns from its global exports are funneled back into U.S. government issued debt, which allows America to continue living beyond its means.

The United States government claims its goal is to spread freedom, democracy, and capitalism around the world. In reality, the interests that lobby and control the U.S. government have used American domestic and foreign policy to keep potential economic and military competitors to U.S. hegemony at bay.

The U.S. and China are engaged in a unique relationship that has the United States doing all it economically and militarily (short of open war) can to restrain China’s almost inevitable rise in influence on the world stage.

Sources: China Daily,