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This paper examines American rhetoric since the late 1990s about the ‘rise of China’ in military and economic terms and compares it to the previous phenomenon of ‘Japan bashing.’ In the 1980s, Americans charged that the Japanese unfair trade practices were costing jobs and hastening America’s decline. While Japan’s stagnant economy in the 1990s eased the bilateral relationship, China became the next rising state of concern. In addition to substantial trade deficits, the PRC is the US’ most formidable military competitor, has an appalling human rights record, and is not an ally. These factors raise the risk of serious conflict.


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East Asia Security Symposium and Conference 东亚安全座谈谈论会

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Author Information: Professor Dahl is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She received both her M.A. (in International Peace and Conflict Resolution) and Ph.D. (in International Relations) from American University in Washington, D.C. Previously Dr. Dahl received her M.A.R. in Ethics from Yale Divinity School and a B.A. in Religious Studies from Grinnell College. Dr. Dahl’s research focuses on issues of conflict, culture, identity, gender, and politics in East Asia. Her most recent article is “Oil and Water? The Philosophical Commitments of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution,” International Studies Review 14 (June 2012): 240-272.

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