It is no secret that China’s one burning ambition is to meet and eventually exceed the United States in…well, everything! Military might, global prestige, cultural influence, space exploration. They think they should be king of the hill, and they are going to try and claw their way to the top.
Of all the categories mentioned above, it is Chinese efforts to build up their military that most Western analysts find to be the most troubling. We would welcome it if a liberal democracy like, say, Canada would actually stop the slow slide into oblivion that they have decided is the future for their armed forces. But a totalitarian state like China? Not so much.
There have been some rather gloomy forecasts about our prospects of avoiding a war with China, even a few essays posted at this very blog. I find that I just can’t take them seriously, particularly when I keep reading news items like this one.
It seems that the authorities in Beijing, China’s capital city, are warning people to avoid drinking water from the tap when they attend the Olympics next year. It would appear that it is just not safe, being contaminated with who knows what. If you don’t want your guts to get all runny and to come pouring out of you in a shout, then you had better stick to bottled water.
The more I find out about modern day China, the more convinced I become that it is basically little better than a 3rd World nation, although one that has learned to put up a good front. They have a long way to go at home before they could seriously challenge the US.
This isn’t to say that they couldn’t be dangerous, particularly with the nuclear weapons they have. Instead I think the best chance China has in dominating the globe is if the United States, hundreds of years from now, develops space travel that is so cheap we colonize other star systems and leave this planet to those who can’t cut the mustard.
In other words, talk about how China will eventually lord it over liberal democracies is science fiction.