Gaston Sigur Professor of Asian Studies and Director of the China Policy Program, George Washington University
Aug 04, 2021
Recent events in Sino-American relations indicate that China may no longer be willing to work with the United States on managing contentious issues or buffering the rivalry between the two powers. Beijing’s recent interactions with American officials indicate a new uncompromising and “maximalist” approach, based on the belief that America is in terminal decline and its need to compromise or show deference is over.
Jun 25, 2021
The recently concluded G-7, U.S.-EU, and NATO Summits in Europe showed newfound coordination and common purpose vis-à-vis China. This represents a new and more confrontational stage in Sino-Western relations. China’s reactions to the joint communiqués were quick to condemn them. Expect heightened tensions between China and the West in the months ahead.
May 08, 2021
The Biden administration is making their policy toward China clear as they maintain a position emphasizing democratic values and alliances. In contrast to the previous administration, Biden also recognizes the need to invest at home in order to remain competitive with China.
Mar 25, 2021
What was meant to be a diplomatic summit in Alaska turned into an ideological slugfest between China and the U.S.’s top diplomats, displaying cultural differences holding the two nations apart.
Feb 18, 2021
While some anticipated a “reset” of U.S.-China relations with the new Biden administration, this does not seem to be the case. Early signs reveal considerable continuity with the previous Trump administration, although some changes in tactics can be anticipated.
Nov 13, 2020
With the new Biden administration preparing for transition, observers on both sides of the Pacific contemplating what the future will hold for US-China relations. Although there will likely be some adjustments by the new administration, significant substantive changes are not anticipated.
Sep 16, 2020
As the last stretch of the 2020 presidential election unfolds, how each candidate approaches the China issue remains key to securing the presidency.
Jul 31, 2020
The last three months has seen a number of major policy statements by top Trump Administration officials. If there was any question that the Trump administration seeks a new Cold War confrontation with China, these documents and speeches provide the answer.
Jul 02, 2020
The United States and China may now be in Cold War 2.0, but the first Cold War has a number of useful lessons that must be heeded in order to avoid Sino-American relations spiraling out of control.
May 17, 2020
The pandemic has brought out the worst in U.S.-China relations, causing deep rifts and a public blame-game. Just as with other problematic times in this bilateral relationship, it will take time to recover. Stabilization is paramount.