This paper argues that Sinophobia and its relationship to American imperialism can be understood through Jean-Paul Sartre's analysis of anti-Semitism, which is characterized by an evasive attitude. Under this attitude, the bivalent values of good and evil are pre-existing ontological properties such that the agent promotes the good insofar as she destroys evil. This evasive attitude can also be seen in the economy of the American empire. Revenue for the which exists through undermining the economies of non-pliant states, selling weapons and a disaster-capitalist industry that profits from the chaos that is created. The idea that the states to be imperialized are bivalent others both motivates and justifies this behavior whereby the agent evades self-critique and the need to cultivate her own value.
Shuchen Xiang is Assistant Professor in the Institute of Foreign Philosophy at Peking University and the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, China. Her first book was A Philosophical Defense of Culture: Perspectives from Confucianism and Cassirer (SUNY Press, 2021) and her second book is Chinese Cosmopolitanism: The History and Philosophy of an Idea (Princeton University Press, 2023). She is the editor of The Islamic-Confucian Synthesis (Lexington Press, forthcoming) and the translator of History of Chinese Philosophy Through its Key Terms (Springer, 2020). She is the author of more than twenty articles and book chapters.