The concept of Free Trade in order to build a one world economy has helped China advance it’s technological capabilities. Technology can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on the hands that use it. The Chinese will go to great means, including theft and spying, to get their hands on new tech.
Chinese culture has become modernized and a rise in their middle class is a positive thing. One would hope this would decrease the ethnocentric nature of Chinese culture. If so, it hasn’t resulted in policy changes from the Communist Chinese government on issues like the Uyghur minority, Tibet or the Falun Gong. The protesters for democracy in Hong Kong do not relish being integrated into the Chinese surveillance state, also financed by cheap labor on the global market and with a complete disregard for environmental impact.
This South China Morning Post story is about the addition of two nuclear submarines to the Chinese Navy. Are we on the way to another cold war paid for with US dollars? Are cheap foreign made goods worth a future darkened once again by the specter of imminent nuclear destruction? While the leaders of the West have been attempting to create a one world government the Chinese government has been cashing in and building a war machine.