China’s Xi Jinping Would Be Force for U.S. to Contend With – NYTimes.com

What will a new era of leadership in the rise of China look like?

There are a few foreigners, with full bellies, who have nothing better to do than try to point fingers at our country,” Mr. Xi said, according to a tape broadcast on Hong Kong television.  “China does not export revolution, hunger, poverty nor does China cause you any headaches. Just what else do you want?”

Mr. Xi is set to be elevated to the top post of the Chinese Communist Party at the 18th Party Congress scheduled to begin here on Nov. 8 — only two days after the American election. He will take the helm of a more confident China than the United States has ever known. He will be assuming supreme power in China at a time when relations between the two countries are adrift, sullied by suspicions over a clash of interests in Asia and by frequent attacks on China in the American presidential campaign.

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4 thoughts on “China’s Xi Jinping Would Be Force for U.S. to Contend With – NYTimes.com

  1. Dylan Bates says:

    It was only a matter of time before China started to regain its status as a world power. Throughout history China has consistently been one of the most powerful states on earth. Like it was said in the article, it is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with even for the United States. How to deal with our conflicts of interest with China is going to dominate US foreign policy issues in the future. As people are voting today, it would be wise to think about which candidate you trust more to deal with a China that has an aggressive military policy.
    This article discusses the two candidates’ views on China
    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1076071/obama-romney-spar-china-other-trade-issues

  2. logankeicher says:

    I find the political structure of China very interesting. Most communist regimes will maintain the same leader over the entire duration of the regime or the life of the leader. But China sets limits to its presidents terms at ten years. I wonder why they choose to do this? This, along with the existence of Hong Kong, are the two minor glimpses of democracy in the middle of authoritarianism. Mr. Xi will definitely be an important role in the future of US-China relations. He can choose to put a band-aid on the relationship or seek to widen the sore between them. It is definitely in the interest of both countries to mend things and get back on good terms. Obama has, in some ways, but tougher on China than previous presidents, and Xi seems like he too will be tough on the US, so it will be interesting to see where it goes.
    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/et-cetera/chinas-mystery-princeling-xi-jinping-takes-top-spot-replacing-hu-jintao/articleshow/17112674.cms

  3. The way Chinese leadership is decided on seems to be a very secretive process. An article in CNN discusses the challenges Xi Jinping will face in both domestic and foreign arenas, as well as the characteristics of the Chinese Communist regime:

    “This is an opaque system. It is a transition worked out behind doors — nothing is left to chance and little is revealed to the Chinese people.
    As the United States prepares to elect its next president this week, a very different, more selective “democracy” is taking place in China. The 18th Communist Party Congress will come together on November 8 to chart a new course for the country, say farewell to the old leadership and usher in a new generation.”

    It is interesting to juxtapose the potential changes in leadership in the two countries. Today we were talking about this in Chinese class, and one student said that he had heard that in China the local officials are elected by the people, who choose the officials above them, and so forth. However, a girl from Shanghai said that people don’t really vote, and if they do it is common knowledge that the vote won’t count anyway.

    While this way of doing things is obviously frowned upon by those who are accustomed to a more democratic process, I am curious as to whether or not there is some merit to such a closed system. Could positive effects come from the Chinese method of selecting new leadership?

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/05/world/asia/china-leadership-change-grant/index.html

  4. AsaClements says:

    This is an interesting article, I feel, mostly because it reminds me of the famous Ender’s Game series. Orson Scott Card the author of these books speaks heavily of a military dominant China, and with a population of 1.1 billion, an economy that is growing and at times even sprinting, military spending growing at 12% a year, and 300,000 or so men with no women to marry, its not a surprising conclusion. It is time for the US to once again prepare for an age where it is not the sole dominant country in economics and military, where it becomes a reality remains to be seen.
    http://www.economist.com/node/21552212

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