Most often when the people of the United States hear China brought up into conversation its usually surrounded by the topic of debt, or the fact that almost everything we buy is made by them. We as a country know that we depend more on China than any other country. Why do we feel comfortable knowing that the great United States of America is dependent on another nation? Well we justify it by saying that China is dependent on us. Without our high demand of their products, they wouldn’t have their people employed; their economy is built around us. The United States and China are a relationship that is built on a balancing act. However this balance beam is starting to sway, and not in favor of the United States. It is commonly known that when a rising power challenges a ruling power war is not far away. With Chinas military being built up, and their economy rising, there is a power transition that is taking place.
Our current President Barrack Obama has reached recent agreements with Chinese President Xi Jinping on cyber hacking, and that both nations will not allow that to continue further. They both went on making comments about mutual respect, and having a fair playing field when it came to the business aspect of things. If that is the case the United States needs to rethink the way we go about our relationship with China. It would be in our best interest to be more interested in long-term goals when policies are put into place. Even with new policies and all of this promised mutual respect, you cannot help but feel the tension that lies beneath the surface. As the saying goes if you can’t handle the heat step out of the kitchen. The United States is under a good amount of pressure to either step up their game or let China take the lead and swallow their pride. However since when does the U.S. swallow its pride? If the U.S. cannot do so, does this make war inevitable? No one seems to know the answer, but if history is what we are basing our answers off of, war is on the horizon for these two competitors.“ In 12 of 16 past cases in which a rising power has confronted a ruling power, the result has been bloodshed.”