Editor’s note: We endeavor to bring you the top voices on current events representing a range of perspectives. Below is a column arguing that China is a major geopolitical threat to the U.S. and democratic nations in Asia. You can find a counterpoint here, where Amitai Etzioni, professor of international studies at The George Washington University, argues that China’s foreign policy is not outwardly aggressive and that the country has been largely concerned with domestic affairs since the 1980s.
We live in an unsettled world. And it’s the Chinese Communist Party that’s stirring the pot more vigorously than any other state or non-state actor.
Defenders of the regime can explain the rationale behind the party’s actions, but the world can’t ignore the consequences of China’s conduct. Yes, the CCP seeks to control its own destiny. But its strategy for doing so is to embark on a new age of imperialism — one that extends the party’s complete control of the Chinese people to foreign waters, lands, people and economies.
Beijing’s version of manifest destiny puts it at odds with the free world. Fundamentally, we believe in freely elected governments, human rights and free enterprise. The CCP