Kantian Peace Theory: Insight Ino The Future Relations Between The United States And China

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The rise of China as a global power is a troubling concept for many Americans. China's economy is one of the fastest growing in the world and China holds a plurality of the US national debt. The two countries are inextricably linked, which is one reason why a change in the status quo is an unsettling idea. Kantian Peace Theory may offer an insight into the future relations between the United States and China.
If we look at the first principle of Kantian Peace theory, that “The Civil Constitution of Every State should be Republican,” we become rather vexed with the case of China. According to the prompt for this essay, the authoritarian government has not been as strong as it is since 1949. This quandary shows that even with the advent of modern communications, the internet, and social networking, the Great Firewall of China still manages to keep control of the flow of information. This poses a problem with the idea of democratic peace. With the current arrangement – American Democracy and Chinese Autocracy – there is less of a likelihood of sustained peace since both parties are not democracies. Thus the idea that support Democratic Peace Theory (DPT) do not apply to this relationship, because there are no shared ideals, and the institutional constraints are only on the American side of the equation.
With respect to the Kant’s second principle, “The Law of Nations Shall be Founded on a Federation of Free States,” we are presented with another quandary. Today we have the United Nations, which Kant did not have, where each state is given a singular and equal voice. If grievances exist between states then the can be worked out in this system. So theoretically should a political, economic or military dispute evolve between the United States and China, it should be able to be dealt with in this system. Continuing this theoretical approach, it should prevent a full scale military conflict or war between the two nations. The idea being that through mutual understanding and cooperation two...

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