Exclusive Analysis of the Politics, Economics, Military and Culture of China-US Relations. - Part 11

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Should Washington Consider Accepting a Chinese Monroe Doctrine?

Should Washington Consider Accepting a Chinese Monroe Doctrine?

Ted Carpenter, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute

The United States’ engagement policy toward China is a strategic step toward containing Beijing’s growing financial power and economic influence. However, with tension increasing between China and the United States, Carpenter heeds Washington to look for more sustainable engagement plans before advancing on what American scholars have coined “congagement”, in fear of erupting a larger Sino-American crisis.

Is China Really a Free Rider in the Middle East?

Jin Liangxiang, Research Fellow, Shanghai Institute of Int'l Studies

President Obama’s labeling of China as a “free rider” reveals that the US is actually expressing its frustration with the situation and with China’s unwillingness to join the US in its Middle East foray, writes Jin Liangxiang.

US-Africa Summit: Two Potential Areas for Cooperation

He Wenping, Senior Fellow, Chahar Institute

The US-Africa summit revealed America’s intention to catch up and compete with China in Africa, but it also conveyed a message of strengthening collaboration with China and promoting African development and security together, writes He Wenping.

Li’s Visit to Africa

Robert Rotberg, Founding Director of Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Intrastate Conflict

As Chinese Premier Li Keqiang continues his first tour of four key African nations since rising to the post last year, Robert I. Rotberg analyzes China’s investment in the region and answers the pivotal question: Is Premier Li Keqiang’s visit about more than just oil deals between China and Africa?

China’s Growing Cyber Security Concerns

Li Zheng, Assistant Researcher, CICIR

The issue of cyber warfare and other cyber security incidents is becoming a serious problem for China, and is causing problems with its relations with foreign powers. In particular, China and the US have seen an increase in tensions due to cyber security issues initiated by US intelligence. The two powers should cooperate to avoid future cyber related conflicts.

Joseph Nye Is Wrong

Yu Sui, Professor, China Center for Contemporary World Studies

Joseph Nye, a professor at Harvard University, remarked on Sino-US relations during an interview with Japan’s Kyodo News. According to Yu Sui, Professor Nye’s stance on the United State’s position on the Diaoyu Islands and China’s current diplomatic policies sparked controversy as Professor Nye’s viewpoint is viewed as ethnocentric and ignorant of China’s history.

Obama’s Asian Tour Reflects US Rebalance Strategy’s Dilemma

Zhang Zhixin, Chief of American Political Studies, CICIR

President Obama wrapped up his four Asian nation trip last week, which was an effort to promote America’s “rebalance” to the region. Viewed by many in the region as unsuccessful, the trip did not put the fears of the allies at rest, and may actually prove to be inflammatory to the region if the US continues to contain a rising China.

The RMB Exchange Rate and Sino-US Ties

Ding Yifan, Deputy Director, China Development Research Center

In the future, Americans may not worry about the Yuan being undervalued, but will rather worry that a rapidly appreciated Yuan may erode the dollar’s supremacy and thus share the benefits enjoyed by the traditional international reserve currency, writes Ding Yifan.

De-Escalation in Cyberspace: It is China’s Turn to Act!

Franz-Stefan Gady, Senior Fellow at the EastWest Institute

In light of recent NSA leaks and increasing tensions between China and the US regarding cyberspace, the United States has taken a more direct approach in outlining or even disarming some of their cyber capabilities. Ultimately, US officials hope that these measures will assuage China’s fears, as well as entice them to reveal their capabilities to create a stable cyber-space.

Obama’s Asian Trip Reprises an American “Manifest Destiny” in Asia

Stephen Harner, Former US State Department Official

President Barack Obama’s recent trip redefined the United States as “an Asia Pacific nation” that seeks to reassert its leadership in the region. The rhetoric as well as defense pacts with nations like the Philippines demonstrates the pivot towards the Asia Pacific and the revival of “Manifest Destiny” throughout the Asia-Pacific that seeks to not cooperate, but dominate the region.

US Can’t Change the Ownership of Diaoyu Islands

Wang Fan, Assistant President, China Foreign Affairs University

US Can’t Change the Ownership of Diaoyu Islands

President Barack Obama’s recent trip to meet with Asian allies was an attempt to reassure allies that they still have US support. In particular, President Obama’s rhetoric regarding the Diaoyu Islands has been seen as inflammatory for the region, however, his statements were simply lip service to Japan in exchange for economic concessions.

Xi’s Speech A Rallying-Call For National Security

Chen Xiangyang, Research Fellow, CICIR

The inauguration of the National Security Council of the Communist Party of China’s Central Committee is a logical response to the latest changes in domestic and international conditions, as well as national security and the international security environment, writes Chen Xiangyang.

Where Is the Breakthrough in Asia’s Regional Cooperation Strategy?

Zhang Monan, researcher, China Int'l Economic Exchanges Center

Bi-lateral and multi-lateral Free Trade Agreements are becoming increasingly important in maximizing regional and international trade. Due to the immense size of China, South Korea and Japan’s economies, it is important that all three negotiate and develop a China-South Korea-Japan Free Trade Area. Increased trade between the three will lead to increases in the size of all of their economies.

Time to Build Momentum in Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

Wu Sike, Chinese Special Envoy to Middle East

According to the understanding brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry, Israel and Palestine should have an agreement by April 29th. But it seems the two sides were not able to bridge their differences on some key issues, writes Wu Sike.

Avoiding Incidents at Sea

Zhou Bo, Honorary Fellow, PLA Academy of Military Science

Avoiding Incidents at Sea

The Code for Unplanned Encounters At Sea, or CUES, is an example of regional cooperation in Asia that can prevent unexpected encounters from escalating into more dangerous confrontations. Similar to previous agreements between foreign powers, CUES is incredibly important to ensuring that incidents between powers that have territorial claims do not escalate further.

Greater Cooperation & Consultation: Defining A US Pivot That Goes Beyond Defense and Diplomacy

Curtis Chin, Former US Ambassador to Asian Development Bank

President Obama’s trip to Asia is an important event in the administration’s “pivot” or “rebalancing” to Asia. While the pivot may be difficult, all sectors of American and Asian society will be integral in developing the bond that will make this rebalancing successful.

Hagel’s Visit to China and Sino-Russian Relations

Franz-Stefan Gady, Senior Fellow at the EastWest Institute

U.S. Secretary Hagel’s China visit and President Obama’s trip to Asia illustrate the almost impossible balancing act of American Foreign Policy in the region of assuring the United States’ Asian allies that America will stand by them in a future conflict with China, while simultaneously mollifying Chinese fears of U.S. containment and precluding a deepening of Sino-Russian ties.

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