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Realists argue that due to the intrinsic inequity in the distribution of resources this can explain a lot of conflicts between states. States are able to perpetuate themselves more thoroughly than others due to their “comparative advantage”. A core framework for analysing these hostilities between the US and China is the “struggle for power” between two status-quo powers; realists perceive this as a collision between two global hegemonies.The relationship between the US and China historically is an incredibly dynamic one; it is erratic although both sides seem to acknowledge and have been confronted with the dichotomy of their relationship, that it poses both a threat and economic advantage. Thus, with forecasts predicting China to overtake the US as the largest economy by 2050 this has sparked change within the US foreign policy, they are beginning to demonstrate greater intransigence towards China over diplomatic affairs as well as involving themselves in the affairs of the “Taiwan question”. The US is now confronted with the dilemma within its hands as it attempts of “democratization” have essentially failed and the notion of american exceptionalism and triumphalism has been replaced by diplomatic pragmatism.
The US has subsequently tried to increase its involvement in the Far East in order to belittle its loss of regional hegemony. This is evident through what has been referred to as a “rebalance” or a “pivot” in US foreign policy towards China. Hudda establishes that this behaviour from the US is congruent with the classical realist concept of the Thucydides Trap quoting Thucydides directly, ‘It was the rise of Athens and the fear that this inspired that made war inevitable’. Hudda also references the adversarial nature of the international sphere, ‘The dynamic inherent when a rapidly rising power (China) becomes more confident, a ruling power (US) fears losing its edge, and entangling alliances on each side drive the parties towards war”. Hudda also proceeds give credence to John Mearsheimer’s perspective of the rivalry as being indicative of China potentially deconstructing the western hegemonic presence in China, ‘much the way the US pushed the European great powers out of the Western hemisphere'(—-).


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