Instructor Floyd Churchill discussed China’s current role in the world as well as its souring relationship with the United States as part of a series of lectures Feb. 21. Churchill outlined the early cultural values as well as the political history of the Chinese and how that has continued to influence the relations with the United States.
The enterprising and individual oriented culture of the United States counters that of the collectivistic group society of China. These cultural differences, in part, have made communication difficult between the two countries.
Though China’s economy remains a strong contender against America’s, it has slowed from its booming 10 percent economic growth per year to about 8 percent. This compared to the United State’s 3 percent growth per year with projections suggesting that by the year 2025 China could overtake the United States’ role of the largest economy.
One of China’s greatest strengths is its military, mainly because its military is an enigma wrapped in a riddle, as Churchill says. China has the largest military and civilian population in world, but its strict control of the population has lead to about 3,000 riots a year protesting the communist government.
Tension between China and the United States continues to increase because of questions of nuclear weapons the Chinese do possess, failure to respect intellectual rights from the United States, exportation of unsafe products and attempts to undermine American influence in Iran, North Korea, Africa, Cuba and Venezuela.
As the last part of this series, instructor John Lucas will lecture on the revival of Africa at noon March 5 in the multi-purpose room.
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