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Question 1: The only way that peace can be maintained between the United States and a rising China is the democratization of the latter.” Do you agree or disagree with this assertion? Explain.

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I agree that the only way that peace can be maintained between the United States and the United States and a rising China is the democratization of the latter. In this essay, I would provide the two underlying explanations of democracy peace theory along with the statistical regression analysis and empirical evidences. According to democratic peace theory, democracies rarely fight against each other. It is substantiated with Bruce Russett’s plausible empirical study of war between democracies during the period of year 1816 to 1992.
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A separation of power requires leader to secure the legislative approval and funding of war. Such institutional constraints make democratic leaders accountable for bad decisions make democracies reluctant to go to war.4 In addition, the regular rotation of office in democracies ensures that personal animosities among leaders will not last long. As such, the institutional explanation stresses that violent conflicts between democracies will be limited because in democracies, the constraints of checks and balances, division of power, and need for public debates to garner widespread support will primarily slow decisions to use large-scale violence and reduce the likelihood that such decisions will be made. Leaders of democracies will perceive each other as equally constrained by domestic hierarchies. As such, leaders of democracies will expect, in conflicts with other democracies, time for processes of international conflict resolution to operate, and they will downplay the probability of a surprise attack. 5 The above two explanations on democratic peace are in fact complementary and overlapping where culture influences the creation and evolution of political institutions, and institutions shape the culture.6

Both theoretical models of democracy peace theory in China context

Norms of behavior as well as international

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