It has chosen us as an enemy because we impede its potential dominance of East Asia, compete for resources, and are the world’s leading economy. And our government and academics have been extremely hesitant to recognize this. Mostly because there’s no good answer of what to do about it, short of a low-grade Cold War where we try and frustrate them and spend a lot of money on ships, planes, tanks, bombs, and guns. Alas, that’s exactly what circumstances and our interests compel us to do.
Gordon Chang does a great job of pointing out the very clear evidence long available that China sees us as an enemy, despite what many people (often in thrall to the Fallacy of Foreign Policy Egocentrism) wish to believe:
All of this may be true, yet American analysts miss the fact that China, both newly confident and increasingly assertive, is now trying to change the global system to suit its own purposes. Beijing’s leaders constantly campaign for a “multipolar” world, which means they want a global order where America is cut down to size as only one of many powers. “China is not America’s ally and never will be,” notes a prominent Beijing academic. Says American analyst Robert Sutter, “China is the only large power in the world preparing to shoot Americans.”
Don’t ask impertinent questions like that jackass Adept Lu.