What is the current relationship between China and the United States? Munich Security Conference Reveals China’s Aggressive Foreign Policy For All The World To See
China made it clear at the Munich security conference that they didn’t care what the United States or Europe thought of their foreign policy. Possibly a huge wake up call to western leaders? Who can now clearly see the threat in the room. The “elephant” in the room was continually becoming ignored by leaders who wanted to avoid such friction. However, now ignoring China is impossible.
According to the Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2023/02/19/munich-china-blinken-wang/
“The lesson of Munich should be that pursuing engagement with China for engagement’s sake entails serious risks. True to form, Beijing is again trying to dangle the prospect of smooth relations to distract us from confronting its growing aggression. We must stop falling for it. On the bright side, though, Wang’s belligerence and cockiness in Munich seem to have woken up European leaders to the perils of dealing with today’s Chinese Communist Party. So Blinken’s outreach did have one small victory: At least now the rest of the world can see that the United States is not the obstacle.”
Furthermore, China critic Scott A. Myers said in an aggressive fashion: “The United States needs to cancel China. We don’t don’t need or want their goods…and they have no services of importance.”
Many highly hawkish Americans and Europeans feel that the best way to deal with China’s current leadership is to impose sanctions on all companies that directly or indirectly deal with China and Chinese companies.
The history of US Chinese relations can be traced back to the early 19th century, when American merchants first began trading with China. However, it was not until the mid-19th century that formal diplomatic relations were established between the two countries.
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the relationship between the US and China became strained due to various factors.
Including Chinese immigration to the US, the Boxer Rebellion, and the US’s support of Taiwan as a separate entity from China. This tension continued through the first half of the 20th century, including during the Chinese Civil War and World War 2.
After the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, the US refused to recognize the new government and instead recognized the Republic of China (Taiwan) as the legitimate government of China. However, in the 1970s, the US began to seek closer ties with China in order to counter the Soviet Union, and in 1979, the US officially recognized the People’s Republic of China as the sole government of China.
Since then, the US and China have had a complex and often contentious relationship. While there have been periods of cooperation and economic interdependence, there have also been disagreements over issues such as human rights, trade, Taiwan, and territorial disputes in the South China Sea. In recent years, tensions between the two countries have increased, particularly over issues such as intellectual property theft, cybersecurity, and the COVID-19 pandemic.