China Is a Significant, but Not an Existential, Threat

Secretary of State Antony Blinken recently declared that “China is the only country with both the intent to reshape the international order and, increasingly, the…power to do it.” By contrast, Blinken’s predecessor, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, said during the last year of the Trump administration, “Securing our freedoms from the Chinese Communist Party is the mission of our time.”

Prof. Andrew Nathan, distinguished China expert, longtime human rights advocate, and professor of political science at Columbia University, cautions against any China panic and describes the China threat as significant, but not existential.

We speak to Prof. Nathan in this latest episode.

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  1. I Walton Member
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    China is taking over Brazil.  Dominates Venezuela which, after the election in Colombia now includes Colombia,  China doesn’t have to dominate them, just have full access to their resources.  I understand they’re expanding in Africa as well but don’t know the continent.  So, given that the Biden administration will give them a pass everywhere and prefers to spend our defense budget in the Ukraine, I simply do not believe that any attitude toward not worrying or dealing with China is wise. 

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  2. John H. Member
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    I Walton (View Comment):

    China is taking over Brazil.

    As Ricochet’s most verbose South-America buff, I feel called upon to look up the Portuguese for “non sequitur.”

    Dominates Venezuela which, after the election in Colombia now includes Colombia

    The Spanish too.

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  3. I Walton Member
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    John H. (View Comment):

    I Walton (View Comment):

    China is taking over Brazil.

    As Ricochet’s most verbose South-America buff, I feel called upon to look up the Portuguese for “non sequitur.”

    Dominates Venezuela which, after the election in Colombia now includes Colombia

    The Spanish too.

    ??

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  4. Unsk Member
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    Utter Nonsense. China is perhaps the greatest existential threat to America in History.  Thanks to Traitor Joe and his stupid war, China has only gotten stronger, and we much weaker. 

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  5. Hang On Member
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    Where does his funding come from?

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  6. I Walton Member
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    Hang On (View Comment):

    Where does his funding come from?

    People who lose from the inflation.   Almost all of us but the very rich.

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