Debating China: The U.S.-China Relationship in Ten Conversations
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America and China are the two most powerful players in global affairs, and no relationship is more consequential. How they choose to cooperate and compete affects billions of lives. But U.S.-China relations are complex and often delicate, featuring a multitude of critical issues that America and China must navigate together. Missteps could spell catastrophe.
In Debating China, Nina Hachigian pairs American and Chinese experts in collegial "letter exchanges" that illuminate this multi-dimensional and complex relationship. These fascinating conversations-written by highly respected scholars and former government officials from the U.S. and China-provide an invaluable dual perspective on such crucial issues as trade and investment, human rights, climate change, military dynamics, regional security in Asia, and the media, including the Internet. The engaging dialogue between American and Chinese experts gives readers an inside view of how both sides see the key challenges. Readers bear witness to the writers' hopes and frustrations as they explore the politics, values, history, and strategic frameworks that inform their positions. This unique volume is perfect for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of U.S.-China relations today.
understanding of the nature of the challenge. While the U.S. side has emphasized the seriousness of the North Korean (DPRK) nuclear issue, the Chinese side is concerned with at least three dimensions of the Korean problem: the stability of North Korea, peace and reconciliation between North and South Korea (Republic of Korea, or ROK), and the denuclearization of the peninsula. From a Chinese perspective, a more realistic roadmap to the Korean problem is as follows: stability of the DPRK →
called the Senkakus by Japan, while at the same time declaring that the U.S.–Japan Security Treaty covers the Diaoyu Islands, conducting endless joint military exercises with Japan, and deploying advanced radar systems and weapons in Japan. This self-contradictory policy may have a logic for Americans but it has triggered anti-American sentiment in China. Our colleagues are discussing regional issues in depth in Chapter 10, but these disputes are relevant for our discussion here because their
international negotiations. First, many localities now see actions on climate change as an opportunity rather than a burden for the economy in part because their leaders realize that the current economic development model is not sustainable. An economy built on massive resource input, fossil fuel energy, and pollutant emissions no longer works for China itself and even less for the world. I think this was why former President Hu Jintao told his colleagues in the Politburo that China should take
conducted in only 22 countries, and most of those countries are U.S. allies. How can we expect this poll to reflect the general attitude of the international community, which has more than 200 member countries? Additionally, when talking about the legality of naval activities in EEZs (exclusive economic zones), you refer to data suggesting that 176 countries side with the United States, while only 15 countries side with China. But when, at an international conference, my colleague, Ms. Zhang
Taiwan’s permanent separation from the mainland. Whether or not Americans fully understand why this is (or should be) the case—and frankly many do not—the fact that your government sees it that way makes it a reality that my government must, and does, take seriously. I agree with you that, should the situation deteriorate, and should Washington and Beijing not handle it well, this could spark a war. I have long believed it is the only issue that could lead the United States and the PRC to