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Could the United States really go to war with China?

BY NOAH FELDMAN | MAY 16, 2013

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The Unstoppable Force vs. the Immovable Object
Could the United States really go to war with China?
BY NOAH FELDMAN | MAY 16, 2013

Are we on the brink of a new Cold War? The question isn't as outlandish as it seemed only a few years ago. The United States is still the sole reigning superpower, but it is being challenged by the rising power of China, just as ancient Rome was challenged by Carthage, and Britain was challenged by Germany in the years before World War I. Should we therefore think of the United States and China as we once did about the United States and the Soviet Union, two gladiators doomed to an increasingly globalized combat until one side fades?

Or are we entering a new period of diversified global economic cooperation in which the very idea of old-fashioned imperial power politics has become obsolete? Should we see the United States and China as more like France and Germany after World War II, adversaries wise enough to draw together in an increasingly close circle of cooperation that subsumes neighbors and substitutes economic exchange for geopolitical confrontation?

This is the central global question of our as-yet-unnamed historical moment. What will happen now that America's post-Cold War engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan have run their courses and U.S. attention has pivoted to Asia? Can the United States continue to engage China while somehow hedging against the strategic threat it poses? Can China go on seeing the United States as both an object of emulation and a barrier to its rightful place on the world stage?

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Direct military conflict

between nuclear powers is very unlikely because there is no winner in a nuclear exchange, but wars are fought in many different ways.

US Congress tried to loot Canada in 1812.

US Congress gave Mexico the option of being looted or turning over California.

Lincoln looted the South to pay the debts of Northern States. Plan failed and the bankruptcy of 1872.

US Congress looted Iraq and Libya and have Syria and Iran in their sights.

Congress has been bankrupt for 141 years. They can't live within the means of the economy, so Congress is always looking for someone to loot. China's got stuff.

Giving Congress the power to borrow made the Constitution worthless in the end.

Free includes debt-free!

No. We both have a massive

No. We both have a massive amount of nukes.