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Chapter 1
1. The viewpoints by Lester R. Brown, Chenggang (Charles) Wang, and Wayne M. Morrison discuss the food scarcity, environmental, and economic problems facing China. According to the authors, in what ways are these three problems related?

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2. In Robert D. Kaplan’s view, how might each of the problems discussed in this chapter contribute to political instability in China?

Chapter 2
1. The U.S. Department of State argues that the Chinese government routinely violates rights that U.S. citizens take for granted. Abuses listed in the report include the arbitrary arrest and torture of citizens, censorship of the press, and persecution of religious groups. However, Ming Wan argues that the United States has ignored China’s “silent majority,” who, in her opinion, are willing to accept restrictions on their freedom if it will help their nation maintain political stability and achieve economic prosperity. In your opinion, is Wan’s argument that the majority of Chinese people support their government persuasive? Do you feel that U.S. condemnation of China’s human rights record is appropriate? Why or why not?

2. After reading the viewpoints by Harry Wu and by the Chinese government, do you believe that China’s one-child policy is justified? Do you think that individuals have the right to have as many children as they want? Explain your answers.

3. Do you agree with William Saunders that trade sanctions should be imposed on China, or do you think David Dreier is correct in his argument that trade sanctions would most likely worsen China’s human rights record? Defend your answer with evidence from the text.

Chapter 3
1. Based on the viewpoints in this chapter, do you agree with Frank J. Gaffney Jr. that the United States should work to “oppose the [Chinese] communist regime and work on bringing about its downfall,” or do you feel that Henry Kissinger is correct in his assertion that a new cold war between the United States and China would be disastrous? Explain your answer.

2. Bates Gill and Michael O’Hanlon maintain that China’s military poses little...

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