Key Strategic Choices
As some scholars have indicated, development is the keystone of China's future, and the main threat to national security is not foreign invasion but whether China can support a stable, orderly, and healthy society. Other scholars warn against focusing on military force at the expense of diplomacy. If China becomes a more democratic country, it too will play an increasingly constructive role in the world system. Democratization is essential to China's emergence as a global power. The major challenge for China will be to deal correctly with the United States, the leader of the present global world order. By following a strategy of putting integration first while also seeking some amendment and alteration, China and the United States can use cooperation as a basis for managing challenges. Accordingly, if the Chinese government can innovate, overcome corruption, and distribute the fruits of economic growth more rationally, it can avoid crisis.
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