Isn't a lipsticked or mustached pig yet swine? Then, democracy is freedom and communism is repression; and should the great democracy of the United States of American ever enter any Confucian circulated desired "shared-great power" status with China, it would amount to an irreparable attack upon democracy. As along as the government of the People's Republic of China(PRC) remains in its present form, any shared status labeling allowed by Washington, also would amount to an endorsement of the repressive nature and character of the Beijing communists. So Washington cannot enter any "shared-Great Power" status with communist China. Moreover, today's 25th anniversary of the violent suppression of the '89 Democracy Movement in Tiananmen Square, China, in which hundreds of freedom desiring students were slaughtered, injured and jailed by the Chinese army, more than underscores why Washington would not want to enter any shared status with Beijing.
However, to facilitate and to ensure the free movement of global trade, especially in Asia, it is necessary for Washington to maintain and to forge partnerships and cooperative relations with Beijing, yet, in spite of the volume of trade, Washington should never allow Beijing to coax the US into any "shared-great power" status. The PRC would quickly use such a desired label to showcase to the International community and its citizens, that America endorses its repression and its horrid record of human rights. Today, 25 years after hundreds of Chinese students were killed by their own army, in their own capital, China sails across the East China Sea demanding that Japan owns up to a Chinese version of history, yet Beijing bans even mere conversations of its own history of 1989. Why would Washington want to enter into a "shared-great power" status with the likes of these communists?
Until the governance of China changes; until Chinese people become free; until dissent doesn't qualify for automatic detention; until a correct historical version of the events of June 3-4, 1989 is provided; and until freedom of the Press, freedom of religion, freedom to assemble and freedom to information are accorded; Washington must not enter any shared relationships with Beijing.
To friends in Beijing, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Xinjiang, Xiamen, Putian, Tibet, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Shanghai, Xi'an, Nanjing, Chengdu and elsewhere across China, who still dream the dream of freedom, keep the faith. To those jailed for advocating freedom, like Xu Zhiyong and others, may you remain unbroken.