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Commentaries by Tom Watkins

Tom Watkins

Advisor, Michigan-China Innovation Center

Tom Watkins has had a lifelong interest in China sparked by a great fourth grade teacher. He has worked for nearly four decades to build economic, educational and cultural ties between the US and China. He serves on the Michigan-China Innovation Center Advisory Board and is an adviser to the Detroit Chinese Business Association. Follow him on twitter@tdwatkins88. Email
  • Nov 29, 2021

    Global leaders are meeting now in Glasgow in one of the world’s largest ever summits regarding the climate. It’s a rare opportunity for the U.S. and China to set aside their disputes and focus on a critical shared goal.

  • May 04, 2021

    China’s President Xi Jinping was one of several global leaders who participated in U.S. President Joe Biden’s virtual climate summit last week. As both the U.S. and China work towards a greener future, the climate fight may also establish common ground for cooperation and improving bilateral relations.

  • Apr 29, 2021

    After a 40 plus year run, the U.S.-China relationship has come to the proverbial fork in the road. Which way will America go?

  • Mar 27, 2021

    The United States needs a wake up call and a push to reinvest in itself. While some politicians in Washington might see conflict between China and the U.S. as a threat, it is actually an opportunity for America to strengthen.

  • Mar 17, 2021

    Traditional narratives about farmers and the American heartland paint a narrow picture of what agricultural industry leaders are hoping to achieve with the United States Heartland China Association.

  • Feb 08, 2021

    The Year of the Ox is forecasted to bring positive changes to the world. Can the glowing expectations of 20% of the world population turn a new page for the global narrative?

  • Feb 08, 2021

    It seems that the global spotlight is enough to make leaders in the U.S. and China take up a fight with one another. By sacrificing diplomatic gains for short-term political victories by attacking each other, we are unwisely setting up a future conflict for our children.

  • Jan 12, 2021

    The new year marks 100 years of the Chinese Communist Party. The formation of the Party is a reminder of the challenges China faced within the past century, and its centennial represents the power it wields.

  • Dec 23, 2020

    Recent events have left an unsavory impression of China on most Americans, framing the conflict between the U.S. and its rival power as a zero sum game. By focusing only on overtaking China, the U.S. risks being left behind as China’s plans for expansion circumvent American influence.

  • Dec 17, 2020

    Much has been said about Trump’s provocative methods in dealing with China, but the source of mistrust goes far beyond the outgoing President. Even as Biden takes office, the plethora of conflicts between the U.S. and China threaten to escalate the struggle between two global powers who vie for global influence.

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