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Running Head: THE DIRECTION OF SINO-U.S. RELATIONS
The Direction of Sino-U.S. Relations
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The United States as the strongest and wealthiest developed nation and China as the most populous developing country share a special responsibility for the future of humanity. Sino-American relations will be watched closely by the people of the world during the Twenty-First Century. There are important choices to be made. Making a choice and then working hard to implement it is the way history is made. Choices are important because humanity and states sometimes make correct, rational choices but at other time make wrong, irrational choices. Introduction
Since the attacks of the terrorist on Washington and New York on September 11, 2001, Asia has become a major concern for United States of America. Soon after the attacks, US decided to send its troops on the Asian territory Afghanistan and then on 2003, it lands its forces on Middle East (South West Asia). Thus Asia till the date has been a center of attraction and attention for US. America has enjoyed good relations with China, located in South East Asia. Initially, after the attacks of 9/11, US didn't seem comfortable seeing China as potential strategic competitor. Today, it is lot different as China is dominating the world with its power to compete, second to US. China is now considered as the second best military power after US and it has also gave alarming signs to the world by including its self among the best technological and nuclear states of today. Despite the fact that nuclear doctrine of China being minimum deterrence and no first use but still has raised concerns for the interests United States. After the downfall of Soviet Union, it was China to stand alone as a communist and socialist manifesto.
China is now an economic, technological and military power second only to the United States. This ascendance poses new challenges for U.S. friends and interests in the region and raises the strategic stakes for the United States. Though its nuclear doctrine emphasizes deterrence and no first use, China is fielding second-generation nuclear forces that can overwhelm U.S. missile defenses and strike the United States. Of greater concern, China is developing capabilities to attack satellites and computer networks on which U.S. prosperity and security depend. For all its power, the United States is increasingly vulnerable to strategic attack.
Despite a somewhat constrained intellectual environment with restrictions imposed by propaganda authorities, China's international...