Professor, Claremont McKenna College
May 17 , 2019
Late last month at a security forum in Washington, DC, Kiron Skinner, Director of Policy Planning for the US Department of State, described today’s US-China conflict as “a fight with a really different civilization and a different ideology, and the United States hasn’t had that before.” As a trial balloon, this apparent attempt to define the Trump administration’s confrontation with China did not fly.
Apr 17 , 2019
The dismissal of a former key finance official as chairman of China's social security fund underscores that the government that has become intolerant of internal policy disagreements.
Mar 15 , 2019
The new cold war against China will be won not through ideology or even weaponry, but through the deployment of economic incentives to wage a geopolitical struggle.
Feb 28 , 2019
Why was Hanoi, Vietnam, chosen as the venue for the second Trump-Kim summit? Maybe because Trump and his advisers want to show Kim that Vietnam, a country that once fought a war with the U.S., transformed itself into a prospering economy by embracing capitalism and friendly relations with the U.S. But a clever choice of venue won’t be enough to seal the deal.
Feb 19 , 2019
This goes beyond more than just trade.
Dec 14 , 2018
The West should not overreact to China’s influence operations, nor sacrifice the openness that is a source of their strength.
Dec 04 , 2018
Kicking the can only a short distance down the road still means that Beijing and Washington will be faced with a moment of truth.
Nov 14 , 2018
An unsettling consensus is fast forming in the strategic community: the United States and China are headed toward a long-term geopolitical conflict. The two countries may never return to constructive engagement, but they can probably avoid a destructive cold war.
Oct 23 , 2018
As the world speculates on the immense damage the escalating U.S.-China trade war could bring to international economic sphere, these tensions could be putting the Earth itself at risk of destruction.
Sep 27 , 2018
In the tit-for-tat trade war between China and the United States, a critical battle is also being fought on the public relations front. If one of the belligerents can make a stronger case than the other, it could put greater pressure on the other party to de-escalate.