[Marxism] Fwd: A Partnership with China to Avoid World War by George Soros | The New York Review of Books

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jul 3 08:54:55 MDT 2015

Both the US and China have a vital interest in reaching an understanding 
because the alternative is so unpalatable. The benefits of an eventual 
agreement between China and the US could be equally far-reaching. 
Recently there has been a real breakthrough on climate policy on a 
bilateral basis. By taking the nonbinding representations and promises 
made by the two countries at face value, the agreement has made more 
credible some recent efforts to bring climate change under control. If 
this approach could be extended to other aspects of energy policy and to 
the financial and economic spheres, the threat of a military alignment 
between China and Russia would be removed and the prospect of a global 
conflict would be greatly diminished. That is worth trying.

On his last state visit to the US in 2013, President Xi spoke of a “new 
type of great power relationship.” The subject has been widely discussed 
in China since then. President Obama should outline his own vision by 
drawing a distinction between Putin’s Russia, which has replaced the 
rule of law with the rule of force, and today’s China, which does not 
always abide by the rule of law but respects its treaty obligations. 
Russian aggression needs to be firmly resisted; by contrast China needs 
to be encouraged—by offering a more constructive alternative—to avoid 
the route of military aggression. This kind of offer may elicit a 
favorable response. Rivalry between the US and China is inevitable but 
it needs to be kept within bounds that would preclude the use of 
military force.


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