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This ebook makes use of 3 debatable modern American international coverage difficulties to introduce scholars to the 'new debates' in diplomacy, within which the criticisms of constructivism, interpretivism, and postmodernism are provided opposed to conventional positivist recommendations of social science.
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China, however, has a population four times that of the United States and its economy has shown much greater growth over the past decade than almost any other country, including the United States. China is a communist state with a centrally controlled political system, which does not recognize the importance of human rights in any way comparable to Western nations. The difference in the two states’ internal political systems has been one of the sources of tension between them and creates a framework of suspicion that could lead to greater challenges in the next decade as China reduces the gap between its power capabilities and those of the United States.
Some regulations, like mandating air pollution devices for cars, which the United States began in the 1970s, do not have costs to the government directly. ) and the decreased gas mileage resulting from the pollution-control mechanisms, chose to remove or disable the devices to save gas. However, there were strong disincentives to cheat because the government forced cheaters to pay huge fines. As a result, few people disobeyed the law. Whether the costs are paid by a government’s treasury with tax revenues or by citizens directly, a government can use its hierarchy of authority, including the ability to fine or jail violators, to ensure that the problems are solved.
Involvement in Vietnam was a major obstacle to better relations. But for the PRC the paramount issue remained American support for Taiwan. Although, as noted, China and the Soviet Union were allies, but the Chinese always felt that they were treated with less respect than they deserved. Tensions stemmed also from the fact that both states believed, for different reasons, that they should be recognized as the leader of the international communist movement. There were increasing strains between the two countries throughout the 1960s, which culminated in one a violent dispute.