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Making Sense of the Rise in China

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University of Toronto St. George
Political Science
Jeffrey Kopstein

Nov 22 Making Sense of the Rise of China **essay portion of the exam will be based on this lecture and the next two** Democracies do not fight democracies - Democracies tend to pursue diplomatic channels of solution - Tend to be more centred towards foreign trade - Tend to be slow; conflicts may be solved in the process of engaging in war During the cold war era, communist China was not internationally recognized - The nationalist government in Taiwan was thought of as the official government China begins to normalize diplomatic relations with United States and Canada - Taiwan is no longer a country; the legitimate government of China resides in mainland China o Taiwan loses its sovereignty; de jure Chinese province o De facto (in fact) independent state Taiwan Relations Act (1979) the U.S. will defend Taiwan if China ever decides to attack it Anti-Secession Law (2005) if Taiwan declares independence, China will attack Arms Procurement Bill (2010) China is the second largest economy in the world; matter of time before it surpasses the U.S. Soft Power - Investment - Energy security - Beijing Consensus - Cultural power people want to learn about Chinese culture, Chinas rise and the U.S. decline is a potential change in the international system The International System
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