Political Rhetoric Vs. Foreign Policy

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It is no longer appropriate to say, “China is quickly emerging as a global superpower.” The fact is China is just that. Realizing this the United States of America has attempted to once again turn its focus eastward. Continuing problems at home and in the Middle East however have made doing so difficult. Additionally more and more frequently attempts at influencing the ongoing narrative in the Asia- Pacific region have been rebuffed. Even allies have found strength in the emergence of a system that fails to conform to previously prescribed methods and ideals. This leads to a fundamental question America must answer quickly. Has the growing hypocrisy of idealistic political rhetoric versus actual foreign policy finally undermined American credibility with developing nations, or for the purposes of this paper more specifically China? The answer is yes. In a world made much smaller by the instantaneous connections of digital communications a state such as America cannot hope to proclaim its own brainchild the internet open to all while at the same time subtly manipulating its use via the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers or ICANN. Neither can America lend its support to the growing consensus that Climate Change is one of the most perilous natural uncertainties to face humanity in recorded history without leading the way in dramatically reducing its contributions to CO2 emissions. In such a world it is impossible to court brutal, authoritarian
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