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On balance, the rise of China is in the best interests of the United States

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Started: 2/10/2013 Category: Politics
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Et

Con

Hello, I will argue that the rise of China has on balance been detrimental to the United States. I argue that the rise of China is harmful to the economy of the United States, the interests of the world in general, and the stability of current alliances between nations. This can be further divided into concerns of environmental and humanitarian nature, as well as inequity in trade practices and monetary policy. A primary concern of this debate is the potential threat to the security of the United States result from the proliferation of the Chinese military. My concerns of stability are based upon observations of decentralization, corruption, proximity aggression, and drastic socio-economic reforms including varying trade practices. I welcome further debate and invite my opponent to view the articles I list below.

Rise of China, http://www.nytimes.com...

Corruption, http://www.huffingtonpost.com...?

Tense relations, http://money.cnn.com...

Proximity aggression, http://money.cnn.com...

US-China aggression, http://www.nytimes.com...;

Internal instability, http://www.economist.com...
eastcoastsamuel

Pro

I thank my opponent for starting this debate and for his arguments. I look forward to what lies ahead on this debate.

I will attempt to argue that, on balance, the rise of China is beneficial to the interests of the United States. Before I lay out my contentions, I would like to advance a few standards.

First, note the words, "On balance" in this resolution. This means that one has to weigh both the benefits and costs of China's position on the international stage. Do keep this in mind.

Second, "the rise of China" refers to China's economic, military and diplomatic/political standards [1].

1.) China is beneficial to the United States' economy.

a.) Trade
Trading with China has resulted in great benefits for the United States. United States Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has stated that exports to China--which has increased by 640 percent since 2000 [2]--helps support thousands of US jobs in a wide range of industries [2]. Terry Miller of the Heritage Foundation found in a 2012 report [3] that even imports from China greatly support jobs, with over half a million supported in the industries of toy and clothing manufacture alone.

b.) Investments
Chinese investment also supports the US economy greatly. In residental real estate alone, Chinese investment accounts for over eight billion dollars [4]. In total, Chinese investment in the US in 2012 accounts for nearly twenty-three billion dollars in over 600 deals [5], increasingly tremendously since 2001 [5]. Chinese investment, as a result, supports over twenty-seven thousand jobs [6], which is a twelve-fold increase from twelve years ago.

c.) Conclusion
China's relationship with the United States results in the support of, at minimum, several hundred thousand United States jobs, in turn raising tax revenue and helping the overall wellness of the United States. It is clear then that China is greatly beneficial to the interests of the United States.

2.) China is beneficial to the national security of the United States.

a.) Stability
China is the United Nations' sixth-largest power contributor [7], greatly increasing its United Nations forces by over twenty times since 2000 [7]. Because of this, China plays a key role in UN peacekeeping operations [8], including in places such as Sudan [8], filling manpower and resource gaps in the United Nations [8]. This, in turn, helps both the United Nations in keeping the world stable as well as the United States, as they have less of a chance in being involved in wars and having tensions with other nations.

b.) North Korea
China is becoming a key player in North Korea-United States relations. China is calling for more talks between the two nations [9] and China voted in a UN resolution to condemn North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket in December [10]. Recently, Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Chinese counterpart to discuss the threat that North Korea poses [11], further showing its intent to help the United States meet a peaceful resolution with this issue.

c.) Conclusion
China is both a key player in the United Nations, contributing to keeping the world stable through peacekeeping operations, as well as a key player in bringing the US-North Korea issue to a peaceful close. Therefore, China is greatly beneficial to the United States and its national security.

For these reasons, I strongly urge a ballot in favor of Pro. Thank you.

Sources: [1] http://www.nbr.org...
[2] http://www.worldpolicy.org...
[3] http://www.chinaeconomicreview.com...
[4] http://www.businessweek.com...
[5] http://rhg.com...
[6] http://rhg.com...
[7] http://www.pcr.uu.se...
[8] http://www.crisisgroup.org...
[9] http://www.latimes.com...
[10] http://www.huffingtonpost.com...
[11] http://www.upiasia.com...
Debate Round No. 1
Et

Con

Et forfeited this round.
eastcoastsamuel

Pro

As I see it, my opponent's contentions relating to his case are:
1.) Proliferation of the Chinese military
2.) Inequity in trade practices and monetary policy
3.) Concerns of decentralization, corruption and proximity aggression

I would like to ask my opponent to confirm if these are his points, and if I am missing anything that he correct me. I would also like to ask my opponent to elaborate and explain how these threaten the United States, so I have a proper understanding of the points he is trying to advance.
Debate Round No. 2
Et

Con

Et forfeited this round.
eastcoastsamuel

Pro

eastcoastsamuel forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
Et

Con

Et forfeited this round.
eastcoastsamuel

Pro

If my opponent is going to debate, please debate.
Debate Round No. 4
Et

Con

Et forfeited this round.
eastcoastsamuel

Pro

My opponent did not debate this round whatsoever. It is clear that ballots should be in favor of Pro.
Debate Round No. 5
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