Why do some in the administration want a strong China?

William Hawkins has very interesting, and at times disturbing, article on confusion in the administration over China. He discusses the mixed messages which are coming from the administration and sums up the issue by saying:

“It is not, however, good to see trade shift to China from Japan and other Pacific Rim countries, mostly U.S. friends or allies. The trade gains should be used to strengthen American alliances, not enhance the capabilities of a potential adversary. But that would require thinking about the consequences of international economic relations and doing something to shape them in accord with broader national interests.”

Some in the administration seem to understand the threat that China is, while others hold to a naive notion that a stronger China is somehow less threatening. Hope the realist prevail in this discussion.

Thanks to The Center for Security Policy for this William Hawkins piece in The Washington Times: Commentary.

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