There is a blind spot in the way the US State Department and academics approach China. They think China equals the Chinese Communist Party ("Extract on the US-China rivalry," Sept. 1, page 8). It does not.
The term US "hegemony," as frequently cited in CCP propaganda and widely accepted by US academics, is different from that of Chinese "hegemony."
The US is an established economic and military power. It only has to maintain the present "order" to ensure its interests. While China needs to break into this order to expand its reach and pursue various interests.
The US is an established democracy with stable domestic politics, while the CCP is involved in a daily struggle to ensure domestic control, maintain autocratic power and suppress opposition.
Taiwan is a good example of the CCP's need to struggle. Taiwan is already in the US democratic alliance and commercial sphere. The US only needs to maintain the "status quo" to ensure its presence and interests.
Meanwhile, the CCP needs to break that alliance and annex Taiwan, to expand its reach into the Pacific and to ensure freedom of commercial and military operations.
US hegemony at least professes democracy and self- determination -- host nations are free to decide their own interests. The CCP's hegemony, on the other hand, emphasizes total control, as in Tibet, Hong Kong and its designs for Taiwan. It could not allow otherwise, because of its lack of ideological appeal. Any small loss of control will lead to the total collapse of the system.
Regimes such as those of the CCP have risen and fallen throughout the history of China. The CCP only came to power in 1949. The greatest power in China, as in any other nation -- even the US or Russia -- lies in its people. US policy needs to focus on countering the CCP, its attitude, and its destruction.
Again, throughout Chinese history, such regimes rise and fall on the appeasement, hesitation and cowardice of other powers. The US' enemy is the CCP, not China.
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