What makes it worse is that China is so mysterious. It is so culturally, linguistically and historicallyin the past removed from what seems familiar to the West that China might be our closest available example of an alien culture. This may appear intolerant-we're all people after all, doing our best to get by in life, raise our families, make a living and eek out some happiness-but China has not helped this perception by being transparent or open to foreign prying eyes. China looms large on the Western mind. They collectively wonder-if secretly so as to not appear arrogant-if China threatens our economic hegemony. They wonder if it will soon outpace us in science, military prowess and global cultural influence. They grimace at the thought that a pseudo-communist state, devoid of democratic principles, might soon wield more power than us on the world stage. (But let's be honest, the West has not only spread love and acceptance and prosperity throughout the world. Nevertheless... ) Perhaps this is true, God forbid. But if thing drives a lead-up to violence, it is ignorance and vague, generalized fears. And that is exactly what is going on. The scariest part is the rumbling sub-text behind Western rhetoric on China. There always appears to be an implicit threat of violence, as if an eventual war is inevitable. As China rises up economically, militarily and culturally, it will have no choice but to trespass in to American and European economic and cultural spheres. And these powers will must protect what is "rightfully" theirs. This is no small task. China is a teeming mass of people-rounding out at one.3 billion people. That is over of the European Unions or Americas. And within this immense amount of people exist upwards of 60 distinct, indigenous ethnic groups. It is absurd to assume any kind of overall homogeneity within the Chinese population. Along this vein, they must do our part to learn about China. They must understand her aspirations, her peoples, her style of governance, her attitude toward other nations and cultures and, , what makes China tick. But that doesn't mean it is impossible to get some understanding of China. In fact, there's numerous insights that could help us gain a more dimensional, nuanced view of this fascinating and sophisticated culture. And doing so, on an individual and cultural level, can help mitigate any feasible animosity as China ultimately grows to become on par with North The united states and Europe economically, militarily, culturally and otherwise. Let's have a look at if they can dispel a few pervasive sentiments. For example, there is a general sense that China blindly desires to expand itself and its area of influence. This is untrue on levels.