Trump and China Policy
- He Yafei , former Vice Minister, State Council Office of Overseas Chinese Affairs
Mar 12 , 2017Common strategic interests of both countries require the U.S. and China to contribute to a new security framework in Asia-Pacific, by working together towards a better security arrangement for the region. Over-reliance on military alliances targeting third parties cannot replace efforts to provide adequate security for all.
- Chen Xiangmiao , Assistant Research Fellow, China National Institute for South China Sea Studies
Mar 10 , 2017The sea issue is a stumbling block in China-US relations, but it’s not clear that the new president sees it as more important that the RMB exchange rate or other issues in the bilateral relationship. In that case, “freedom of navigation” there could be used by Trump as a bargaining chip in negotiations about issues that concern him more.
- Wang Zhen , Director of Security Studies Program, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences
Mar 09 , 2017America’s biggest enemy today is neither China nor Russia, but its own identity crisis. Resorting to out-of-date thinking to seek a new “balancing” strategy of realigned alliances makes no sense in today’s economically interdependent world. Turning potential friends into foes, on the other hand, could lead the country in a terrible direction.
- J. Berkshire Miller , International Affairs Fellow (Hitachi), Council on Foreign Relations (Tokyo)
Mar 17 , 2017The swarm approach – by hitting Beijing on multiple issues in at once in a flurry – seems to be calculated upon Trump’s own business approach. This projects that Trump’s “leverage” over Beijing would compel painful concessions from China on core issues because of its fear over Washington’s scorn and threats.
- Zhang Xinbo , Assistant Research Fellow, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations
Mar 06 , 2017Sending the first US aircraft-carrier combat group to patrol the South China Sea since the Philippines arbitration has unsettled the region. The US military should promote new trust-building with its Chinese counterpart, and the administration can ease tensions with a clear statement on sovereignty over South China Sea features.
- Trump should be wary of two major traps that history has set for him - the “Thucydides Trap", as well as the “Kindleberger Trap”: a China that seems too weak rather than too strong.
- Harry Krejsa , Research Associate, Center for a New American Security
Mar 01 , 2017President Trump, in clinging to this narrative, promises to fight a war long past with weapons that are likely to hurt his allies as much as his supposed enemy. Hardly a vision of America being made great again.
- Alan S Alexandroff , Director of the Global Summitry Project, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
Feb 10 , 2017So where is the pivot? No, not the Obama Administration’s Asian pivot. I’m speaking of another pivot. This one was to occur when candidate Trump transformed from candidate to President-elect and then President.
- Sampson Oppedisano , Legislative Coordinator to New York State Assemblywoman Galef
Feb 15 , 2017Donald Trump is a new type of political phenomena that has caught the world off guard. His unpredictability and lack of experience set the stage for a perfect storm of wild-card events that will almost certainly be an early theme during his presidency. While it is China’s decision how it reacts to Trump, tact and precision will be Beijing’s greatest defense in not only ensuring that relations with the U.S. do not deteriorate further, but in safeguarding key aspects of the current international system.
- Lyu Jinghua , Senior Fellow, Pangoal Institution
Feb 27 , 2017A Pangoal Institution study suggests that China's proactive rather than reactive approach in dealing with relations with the U.S. is palpable and the two sides need to enhance strategic communication and coordination.