Paper Title

[2.1] A Pruned Tree Trying to Grow: A Critical Look on Geopolitical Issues with China

Location

International Building 1014, Moderated by Dr. Robert Hanlon

Start Date

19-1-2019 9:00 AM

End Date

19-1-2019 10:15 AM

Disciplines

Political Science

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

In the past thirty years since the fall of the Soviet Union, the United States has in many ways been the dominant hegemon known as a unipolar power. With the rising economic prosperity and growing energy demands of 中华人民共和国, there are fears of a Thucydides trap. “The belief that a rising power and the ruling imperial power of the planet are condemned to go to war with each other sooner or later”. This does not need to be a direct conflict of arms between two nations. This can be seen with the example of the Cold War which resulted in a multipolar world separated in the terms of the First World (U.S. & Allies), Second World (U.S.S.R & Allies), and Third World (Non-sided nations). This paper argues that a “rising China should be considered a security threat to the world and therefore be contained” to a middle-power role due to its potential of sparking a second Cold War with the United States. It will analyze geopolitics, geo-economics, China’s foreign relations, China’s drivers of Going Global, The One Belt One Road Initiative, and U.S. Containment Theory to explain how these two nations stand at the borders of a Thucydides trap. The literature review is provided with context, but each should be read independently of the paper.

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I will be using a paper I produced on March 13, 2018. I will update or change this paper for the formatting of the event.

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Jan 19th, 9:00 AM Jan 19th, 10:15 AM

[2.1] A Pruned Tree Trying to Grow: A Critical Look on Geopolitical Issues with China

International Building 1014, Moderated by Dr. Robert Hanlon

In the past thirty years since the fall of the Soviet Union, the United States has in many ways been the dominant hegemon known as a unipolar power. With the rising economic prosperity and growing energy demands of 中华人民共和国, there are fears of a Thucydides trap. “The belief that a rising power and the ruling imperial power of the planet are condemned to go to war with each other sooner or later”. This does not need to be a direct conflict of arms between two nations. This can be seen with the example of the Cold War which resulted in a multipolar world separated in the terms of the First World (U.S. & Allies), Second World (U.S.S.R & Allies), and Third World (Non-sided nations). This paper argues that a “rising China should be considered a security threat to the world and therefore be contained” to a middle-power role due to its potential of sparking a second Cold War with the United States. It will analyze geopolitics, geo-economics, China’s foreign relations, China’s drivers of Going Global, The One Belt One Road Initiative, and U.S. Containment Theory to explain how these two nations stand at the borders of a Thucydides trap. The literature review is provided with context, but each should be read independently of the paper.