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USS Lassen went on patrol around the disputed Spratly archipelago. Photograph: Us Navy/Reuters
Washington Needlessly Escalates South China Sea Crisis
On October 27, the U.S. Navy sent the guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen on a “freedom of navigation” patrol within 12-miles of a man-made islands.in the Spratly chain. Carpenter argues that there are less confrontational ways to pursue that objective without the kind of “in your face” challenge.
Proper Mutual Assurance of Freedom of Navigation
Washington should talk to Beijing to establish their mutual respect for international law, instead of sending a warship so close to China’s islands, no matter if such rocks are natural or artificial.
U.S. Provocative Act in South China Sea
The US has started a new series of games with China by sending its guided missile destroyer USS Lassen within 12 nautical miles of China's isles in the South China Sea.
First (and Last) Line of Cyber Defense
It may be too premature to argue that the China-U.S. cyber-agreement has failed. The vagueness of the agreement needs to be followed up with specific cooperation, like a cooperative agreement between both nations’ Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs), which are the first (and last line) of defense in protecting a country’s critical information infrastructure from cyberattacks.
China-U.S. Competition for Strategic Partners
By re-engaging with its neighbors, especially American allies, in a formal alliance system, China would set up the function of preventative cooperation. That would help to maintain regional peace and security.
“New Model” Seeks to Redefine U.S.-China Ties
Beijing and Washington need to do is think of ways to translate the important agreements reached at the top level into reality. Beyond grand declarations, the “new model” needs to utilize a broad-based policy-making network that involves cyber and climate experts.
China-U.S. Relations Thrive in the Big Picture
Their economies have never been more interdependent, and many global and regional key issues hinge on their collaboration. Simply put, the two powers just cannot afford to head into a zero-sum game due to their increasing convergence of interests.
Trust in a Troubled Relationship
The China – U.S. relationship is like a troubled marriage. A long-term commitment, to be sure, but there are problems to work out, which often proves difficult because there is a lack of trust. At that point, what’s important is communication so we can resolve our differences and strengthen the relationship for a more optimistic future. That clearly was the purpose of President Xi Jin Ping’s recent visit to the United States.
Dealing with Our Differences
China and US quite naturally have differences, because we have different history, culture and political systems -- and we are in different stages of development. The challenge is to recognize those differences and respect them, but not let them dominate the bilateral relationship.
Beijing-London Embrace: Not Bad News for the U.S.
Accelerated interaction between China and the UK, one a big emerging country the other a seasoned world power, will present another case of successful big-country cooperation. Bilateral cooperation could not exist unless it is win-win, an example for a changing world order.
China’s Cap and Trade Program: More Than Just Hot Air?
China’s recently announced cap-and-trade system to limit emissions is a positive development, but not new. China’s emissions trading system (ETS) has seen some capping, and very little trading. Additional challenges lie ahead in the pricing of carbon and introduction of unified measurement, reporting, and verification systems.
Need to Move from Words to Actions
Richard Weitz argues that Xi Jinping’s visit to the U.S. did not strengthen mutual trust between the two governments, and suggests that Washington and Beijing need to move from words to actions regarding Afghanistan, which is facing increased insecurity, and views China as an important regional partner.
Beyond the U.S.-China Narrative
It is hard to avoid the U.S.-China bipolar narrative, although this over-simplistic analysis misses other measures of global power and insecurity. Xenia Wicket argues there is no single paramount power, but a variety of nodes of state and non-state actors.
Catholicism Trumps Communism
The American media and the White House missed an opportunity to present President Xi’s visit in ways that highlighted the important cooperation made in areas such as Afghanistan, peacekeeping, nuclear security, wildlife trafficking and ocean conservation.
Afghanistan: An Opportunity for U.S.–China Cooperation?
Michael Auslin has called for a “new realism” in U.S. foreign policy toward China in these pages, one that “begins with an official acceptance that we are locked in a competition with China that is of Beijing’s choosing.” Moreover he suggests that Sino-U.S. dialogue must be “reset” and “conducted not as an unearned gift to Beijing, but only when there are concrete goals to be achieved.”
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