Why China is more dangerous for US than Russia?

20.09.2018

In the latest US National Security Strategy, China and Russia are called the main threats to the United States. If Moscow was traditionally called Washington's clear enemy, then Beijing received such a nickname under Donald Trump. His predecessor, Barack Obama, believed that a weak China would not be able to help solve global problems, rather than a strong or even aggressive China.

The foreign policy pursued by Washington confirms that Moscow and Beijing are the main geopolitical opponents.

A full-fledged "trade war" is underway with the PRC, with Russia - a geopolitical confrontation in Syria and Ukraine, as well as a powerful political and propaganda war, connected with "interference in the elections" and chemical attacks in Britain.

"The Chinese threat is comparable to September 11"

Curious experts and journalists are taking interest in Trampe's geopolitical configuration as a reality, but who is "enemy number one" for America? This question was asked yesterday by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Recognizing that Russia under the leadership of Putin continues to behave "aggressively", Pompeo made a choice in favor of the Celestial Empire.

Such an estimate is quite popular in the United States. So, in an article for The Washington Post, devoted to the anniversary of the events of September 11, former CIA deputy director Michael Morell wrote that China is the main danger for the United States, and the White House should react to it with the same determination as in 2001.

The discontent of the PRC is also growing in society. From 2017 to 2018, the number of Americans who regard Beijing as the main and immediate threat has tripled.

Why does the Celestial Empire worry America?

China creates a huge trade deficit for the United States, equal to about $ 300 billion. The Chinese companies penetrating the American market "destroy" the local industry.

In addition, the US accuses the Chinese of stealing US technology and violating intellectual property rights. In order to protect domestic industry, on September 17, Trump ordered the introduction of tariffs against almost half of Chinese exports to America.

A few days later he accused China of interfering in the midterm elections in the United States. Supposedly reciprocal Chinese fees can cause farmers' displeasure with the American president and give the advantage to free-trade-oriented democrats. In geo-economic terms, it is necessary to note the "New Silk Road" from China to Europe, which hits the American presence in the Old World. Exports from China to the EU ($ 370 billion) already outstrips European imports from the US ($ 250 billion).

It is in economic terms that the answer lies to the question of why China is more dangerous for the US than Russia.

In addition to the economic, China's military power is also growing, threatening US domination in the Asia-Pacific region. The report of the Pentagon on the state of the Chinese armed forces notes that China is moving away from the tradition in which the rate is placed on the land army, and in full steam develops the Air Force, the Navy, missile and information forces.

The air force of the Chinese National Liberation Army is reducing the separation from the US Air Force for a number of types of weapons, the report said. The navy of China with 300 ships is the largest in the world.

Plus, China is growing in the region of the South China Sea, erecting artificial islands here, and has begun building military bases abroad. The first of these was the stronghold in the African Djibouti, near the strategically important from the point of view of world trade of the Bab el Mandeb Strait.

According to polls in 2016, about 82% of Americans seriously worried about the modernization of the Chinese Army.

Ideological map  has changed

China, using its economic advantage, undermines the influence of the United States around the world. Bloomberg analyst Hal Brands is sure that with the collapse of the Soviet Union, the war of ideologies is not a thing of the past, but continues with the efforts of Beijing.

Brands noted that, unlike the recent past, when Democrats and Republicans differed in assessing the Chinese threat, now there is a consensus. High-ranking representatives of the Democratic Party's foreign policy department Kurt Campbell and Eli Ratner characterize China in the same terms as Trump's National Security Strategy.

In the distant 1972, the United States withdrew China from political and economic isolation. To make a split in the communist camp and create a counterweight to Moscow from Beijing. Now the situation has changed. China has become a more serious rival than Russia. And now the same Henry Kissinger, who initiated rapprochement with China, suggests that Americans get closer to the Russians in order to contain the growing ambitions of the Chinese.