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Beware the Dragon: A Booming China Spells Trouble for America

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With unprecedented economic growth, rapidly developing military technology, and increasing prominence on the world stage, China is booming. Does this spell trouble for American prosperity and security? Or is China’s national assent an opportunity for mutually beneficial trade and shared global leadership? 

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For the motion

Bill Gertz

Defense and National Security Reporter for the Washington Times and the Author of several books

Bill has written many books, including Enemies: How America ’s Foes Steal Our Vital Secrets—and How We Let It Happen and The China Threat: How the... Read More

John J. Mearsheimer

John J. Mearsheimer

American Political Scientist & Professor, University of Chicago

John J. Mearsheimer is the R. Wendell Harrison distinguished service professor of political science at the University of Chicago and one of the nation’s... Read More

Michael Pillsbury

Consultant to the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense on future planning issues

Michael has advised the Pentagon for more than three decades on subjects such as Asian affairs and long-term defense planning. He spent several years... Read More

Against the motion

James McGregor

Key Advisor to both the U.S. and Chinese Governments

A Mandarin speaker, James was the Wall Street Journal's China bureau chief following the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre, the chief executive of Dow Jones'... Read More

Daniel H. Rosen

The principal of China Strategic Advisory

China Strategic Advisory is a specialized practice helping decision-makers in the public and private sectors analyze and understand commercial, economic... Read More

J. Stapleton Roy

Career Ambassador

Roy was promoted in 1996 to the rank of career ambassador, the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service. Fluent in Chinese and a specialist in Asian... Read More

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For The Motion
  • China’s rapidly developing military technology, including anti-missile defense systems, may compromise American security and interests.
  • A growing China will seek dominance in Asia, diminishing America's influence in the region. 
  • Popular culture in China is largely nationalistic and anti-American, and that sentiment will likely spread as the country gains economic and political capital in international relations.
Against The Motion
  • China’s economic boom benefits everyone, including the U.S., as China grows as a trade partner and global consumer.
  • As China becomes more prominent and culturally exposed, its growing middle class will likely call for substantial government and social overhaul.
  • China does not have the political or economic infrastructure to deal with its unprecedented economic growth, and will likely face domestic upheaval that will stifle its ability to engage on the world stage.

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