The main goal of the United States is not to give China too much influence or dominance over Asia and to prevent China from becoming a world superpower. Since the 19th century, the US strategy has been to open up trade and enable its navy to patrol everywhere. In the 21st century, the United States continues to maintain this strategy and try to reduce Chinese influence because the US afraid of losing its interests, role, influence, allies, and power in Asia. What are the challenges between China and the United States in terms of international law and norm?
China has no intention of opposing or re-establishing a new international leadership system to replaces the current one, which created since the end of World War II. China is well aware that the current international system is not easy to oppose or change, but it is the system that allows China to benefit from entry into the system. At the same time, most experts agree that “China is trying to revise some laws and regulations in order to have a voice in setting up this system and for the world to recognize its political system and economic model.” .
As Lee Kuan Yew said, “China does not just want to be a honorary member of the West, but China wants to be recognized and respected equally with the United States.” Although China’s strategy is designed to avoid direct confrontation with the United States, it is inevitable that US strategy is to weaken Chinese influence and interest.
The US strategy for China is cooperation, along with tough competition. The United States will have to challenge China on a number of issues, including economic, strategic, military and geopolitical. For China, cooperation with US will gain huge benefits, but confront US will lose. The world will be chaotic and tense. The two countries will devise a nationalist strategy and blame each other.