American Liberalism and Exceptionalism: Obstacles and Opportunities for US-China Relations
Jul 26, 2016
There is an apparent risk that the US and China will each believe that they promote a win-win international order while suspecting the other of “power politics.” However, the real issue is not a simple choice between mutually beneficial interactions and realpolitik. What is really at stake is the question of which rules will govern a post-realpolitik order, and what kinds of power structures are necessary to support it. Here the US and China have much work to do in order to find converging paths.
While Washington Looks Elsewhere, Taiwan Tensions Grow
Jul 26, 2016
U.S. leaders have become complacent about Taiwan. Americans need to ask themselves what level of risk they are willing to take to defend Taiwan. The U.S. is obligated to assist the island under the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, and as China grows stronger militarily, Taiwan deserves more attention than it is receiving in the U.S.
Possibility of Quiet Diplomacy Opens with The Hague Ruling
Jul 20, 2016
Though The Hague ruling pertains to the Philippines-China dispute, it will bolster similar claims by other states against China’s nine-dash line; it will increase pressure on China to seek a negotiated resolution to the overlapping claims; and it will circumscribe China’s SCS claims. In response, China must assure the ASEAN states of its benign intentions, dispelling impressions of hegemonic intentions.
Peace & Security
What Is in Store for Taiwan After the Arbitration?
Jul 25, 2016
Tsai Ing-wen should give up unrealistic expectations on the US-Japan “values alliance”, and reconsider Taiwan’s role in the South China Sea issue. It’s not too late for her to look at the history of the Chinese nation and link up that history with Taiwan’s future and corresponding rights to Taiping Island.
Foreign Policy
Time for Reset and Realism in the South China Sea
Jul 18, 2016
After the South China Sea arbitration ruling, uncertainty and friction may increase in the region. However, the economic promise of China’s rise and the Asian century will only materialize with peace and stability in the region.
Foreign Policy
The Philippines v. China: Tragedy and The Hague
Jul 18, 2016
The Hague Tribunal this week issued a decision that will most likely become a tool in the hands of the defenders of the status quo. How events will develop will depend on Duterte’s disposition, China’s diplomatic sagacity, and America’s response. If the China and the Philippines are unable to meet somewhere in the middle, it is the “law” that China will reject.
Finance & Economy
China’s Maritime Silk Road: Now The Smart Way Forward?
Jul 21, 2016
After the tribunal’s categorical ruling on the South China Sea, China’s new strategy could be to lower the temperature by reframing the issue away from rocks, sand and physical territory. It could then seek to reframe the issue around the potential multilateral benefits of China’s Maritime Silk Road concept.
Finance & Economy
Brexit Has Little Impact on China-Europe Cooperation
Jul 21, 2016
China wishes both the EU and the UK prosperity and success in the future. With Brexit having little relevance in China-EU relations, it should not become a distraction in developing and improving ties.
Culture & History
Jihadism: What Goes Around, Comes Around
Jul 05, 2016
The global war on terror, now almost a generation old, will never be won with treacherous allies, such as jihadist rebels and Islamist rulers. Rather, stemming the spread of the Islamist ideology, which has fostered “jihad factories” and threatens the security of countries as diverse as the U.S. and China, holds the key to containing terrorism.
Political & Social Development
What on Earth Is the “Chinese Solution”?
Jul 12, 2016
There is no such thing as a universal formula for economic and political success. China’s way of pragmatic governance with an authoritarian market economy that doesn’t call for democracy has been widely debated and increasingly recognized as having merits that could enrich the philosophy of global governance.
Culture & History
U.S.-China Engagement Must Start With Our Students
Jul 06, 2016
In 2014, more than 300,000 Chinese students are enrolled in colleges and universities in the U.S., while only 25,000 American college students studied in China that same year. The US-China Strong Foundation is expanding its mission to increase the number and diversity of U.S. students studying in China and learning Chinese so that future generations manage the bilateral relationship smartly and effectively.