Fellow, Center for International Security and Strategy, Tsinghua University
Feb 12, 2021
The early Biden administration’s buzzword is “strategic competition” when it comes to China. Yet, with a litany of domestic problems at hand, true diplomacy may be sidelined, or worse, sacrificed to retain a positive outlook for Joe Biden’s domestic agenda.
Feb 08, 2021
If the U.S. president, under pressure, makes a hybrid of the Trump and Obama legacies, intensified strategic competition in China-U.S. relations is likely and the risk of confrontation will continue to rise.
Dec 17, 2020
The outgoing U.S. president’s attempts to booby-trap his successor’s ability to improve relations with China is troublesome. It will take some time for the new occupant of the White House to stitch things together. But time is not unlimited.
Nov 12, 2020
Changes are in the making, from Europe to Iran, from NATO to the WHO, from the Paris climate accord to the Middle East. The new president wants to move rapidly to repair America’s global reputation. But when it comes to China policy, expect him to go slow.
Oct 08, 2020
When U.S. president Donald Trump addressed the United Nations in a pre-recorded speech, he continued his sabotage of everything the organization stands for. By contrast, President Xi Jinping was the adult in the room, making the case that major powers have major responsibility.
Sep 16, 2020
American hawks will not be able to overturn the foundation of China-U.S. relations that was built in the Nixon era. But it takes two to tango, and success will not depend on China’s willingness alone.
Aug 14, 2020
In weaponizing his rhetoric against China, the U.S. president may be digging himself into hole. Young people are not likely to take kindly to the undermining of their free speech. And now they can vote.
Jul 14, 2020
US withdrawal from World Health Organization poses risks to itself and the world. At the same time, it creates opportunities for others to step into the void to fill funding gaps and reshape the leadership in global health security.
Jul 09, 2020
It’s too much to expect that Europe will wean itself from America’s security blanket anytime soon. But Trump has provided a wake-up call. European leaders seek strategic autonomy to escape the quagmire of great power competition.
Jun 13, 2020
The notion of persuading countries in an expanded G7 to adhere to the U.S. line for containing China has far too much working against it. The schism between America and Europe is only widening under the unpredictable impulses of the current U.S. president.