After the battles over Taiwan, Tibet, trade, climate change and internet freedom, China-US relations are once more in the spotlight. A recent poll suggests more than half of Chinese people think they’re heading towards a new Cold War.
It’s a hot topic for bloggers in the East and the West. Ex-marine Merv Benson supports a heavy-handed approach by the US. For him ‘China has a real problem that is not being focused on. If it goes to war with the US, it will not only not receive the payment on the US debt it holds, but it will also lose the largest market its companies serve. It would be an economic disaster for China’
Other bloggers think China should show the US who’s boss. Blogger Chinh Dang-Vu says ‘the battles over exports, technology transfer, copyright piracy and the value of China’s currency, the yuan, would be fierce.’
Despite the avid interest in relations between the two, Mike Shaw, a Bostonian blogger in Beijing thinks recent events are nothing more than ‘squabbles amongst friendly competitors, not clashes of nations whose goals are to dominate the other’.
So are China and the US on the brink of a new Cold War? If they are who will win? or is it just a spat between two powerful nations?