U.S. Free Trade with China Essay

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U.S. Free Trade with China

Sino-American relations have always been characterized as complex and tumultuous. Presently, the United States must reach a decision that would drastically affect the politics, environments, militaries, technology, and most importantly the economies of both nations. This problem the United States must face is whether it ought to allow China's entry into the World Trade Organization. There is much hesitation in taking such steps as American protectionists are weary of a nation whose expanding economy could further "Chinese influence in American politics as a result of Donorgate; continued doubts about Beijing's dismal human rights record; and worries about the U.S. trade imbalance with China-
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mi.), not including Nationalist China, known officially as the Republic of China
(Butler/Encarta 1996) The formation of the Chinese Weltanschauung (world view) can be explained, in part, by the historical and political evolution of China as it emerged from semi-colonial subservience. At the beginning of the twentieth century, China was a weak and divided country under the corrupt rule of the Manchu dynasty. Exploited by the so-called "open door," China had been subjected to the degradation of imperialism and the spheres of influence imposed by the major Western powers, including Japan. As a consequence of foreign economic penetration and intervention, one of the main currents of Chinese political thought that emerged was a distinct xenophobia that resented any foreign involvement in Chinese affairs. Not only were foreign values and culture rejected, but this was paralleled by a reaffirmation of Chinese nationalism. The various strains of political thought that combined to form the ideological fabric of the
PRC cannot be fully understood without first examining the historical background that led to the Chinese Communist state in 1949. The induction of the Communist government in 1949 set a groundwork for
Chinese history; in a remarkably short period of time radical changes were effected in both the Chinese economy and society. Since the 1970s, China has forsaken its self-imposed isolation from the international community and has sought
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