Kant's Triangle Of Peace Analysis

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The rise of China’s economy and increased soft power is viewed as threatening to democracy. This essay will assess China’s actions based on Kant’s Triangle of peace to determine if this fear is rational or if China is becoming more peaceful by analyzing how the democratic peace and political economy international relations concepts apply to the China and what are its challenges going forward.
According to democratic peace theory, democracies rarely go to war against each other. Non-democratic states do not allow their individuals the freedom to follow their dreams and detract from others’ freedom. One of the primary underpinnings of the democratic peace concept is the idea of liberalism. Liberalism nurtures peace through free will and tolerance. On a larger scale, liberalism goes further by theorizing that this free will must also be characteristic of the state government. A democratic state is more tolerant and friendly not only to its citizens, but also to
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First, it must disprove Kant’s democracy requirement by showing the West that it is not a rising political hegemon. Radicalists do not see the IO friendly China as less of a threat, but the exact opposite. According to a Foreign Policy report on 6 October 2017, “China is simply using its growing economic and political clout at the U.N. to pick up distressed assets abandoned by the U.S. and its allies and repurpose them to serve its strategic goals.” Second, it will need to divest itself from profit-draining SOEs and increase private ownership. Increasing capitalist ventures is the antithesis of communism. It is unclear if President Xi is willing to bend China’s values again for continued economic growth. Finally, China will have to look internally at its labor, human rights, and environmental policies as it takes on more leadership roles in IO, especially those impacting global
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