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James Wooley's Argument Analysis

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The United States has become the great liberator of the modern world, bringing the western ideals of freedom and Democracy to many countries including South Korea, Japan, and Iraq. However, should this same policy also be extended to China? Or should the US pursue, as James Wooley calls it, a grand bargain where she subsides any desire for the Democratization of China in exchange for China not challenging the status quo in South-East Asia. I believe, that such a “grand bargain” would maybe not be ideal for the United States, as China would remain authoritarian and continue to act as a shirker or even better a supporter of the current world order (Pu and Schweller 2011), but either of which would be desirable. For, history has shown that the…show more content…
The current Status Quo is complete US political and military domination in the South-China Sea, United States dominated and dictated trade deals, and unipolarity of hegemonic power (Beckley 2011) All of which, if China desires to grow its power, must challenge. Political soft power and influence, I believe is a zero-sum game, it is hard to argue that two powerful nations can have the same level of influence in a third-party country. Currently, it is the United States that holds the lions-share of political soft power dominance and influence in the South China Sea, however as Chinese power grows it’s safe to assume they will desire to possess more friendly neighbors and work to shift regional loyalties from Washington to Beijing; a projection America will certainly combat. A big portion of this play to shift regional loyalties will be through trade and economic incentives. To do this China would have to challenge another status quo, American economic dominance in the South-China Sea. Something China is already attempting to do through the AIIB, RCEP, and FTAAP. These developments, in coalition with the failed TPP, and Filipino President remarks against the US and for China shows that Chinese economic and soft political power in the region is growing, whereas the United States is
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