James H. Nolt Adjunct Professor at New York University
May 24 , 2019
President Trump never intended to resolve the trade war he created with China. Instead, he will leverage his tariffs to blackmail China into following his way.
Ma Shikun Senior Journalist, the People’s Daily
May 24 , 2019
US Secretary of State Pompeo is acting more like his country’s top spy than its top diplomat—this aggressive posture is disorienting not only China but the world. The Trump administration’s meandering foreign policy has been further damaged by these mixed-up roles.
Shang-Jin Wei Professor, Finance and Economics at Columbia University
May 23 , 2019
Trade negotiations between the United States and China have broken down because the US government says the Chinese were walking back their agreement on matters that had previously been addressed. US negotiators and President Donald Trump were furious, and on May 10, Trump more than doubled US tariffs on $200 billion worth of imports from China. The lead Chinese negotiator, Liu He, told reporters that, because a final agreement was not reached, revisions were not “walked back,” a line that the US side does not seem to buy. The Chinese government has now retaliated, announcing that it will raise tariffs on $60 billion worth of US goods.
May 22 , 2019
On May 21, 2019, Ambassador Cui Tiankai had an interview with the Fox News's Bret Baier Special Report.
Ramses Amer Associated Fellow, Institute for Security & Development Policy, Sweden
Li Jianwei Director and Research Fellow, National Institute for South China Sea Studies
May 21 , 2019
The recent crisis in Venezuela showed diverging Chinese and American attitudes towards global governance: China’s longstanding commitment to non-interference in other countries’ internal affairs, and rejection of military force as a tool of diplomacy; contrasted with the Trump administration’s response, that displayed America’s penchant for interventionism backed up by the US military.
Li Zheng Assistant Research Fellow, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations
May 16 , 2019
A new racially charged speech from a senior US State Department official has brought Samuel Huntington’s controversial “Clash of Civilizations” back to the forefront of Sino-US relations. But despite the Trump administration’s provocative re-definition of China as a “strategic competitor,” the long-term potential for Sino-US cooperation will reveal the “clash” as a false narrative.
Joseph S. Nye Professor, Harvard University
May 09 , 2019
US President Donald Trump’s administration has shown little interest in public diplomacy. And yet public diplomacy – a government’s efforts to communicate directly with other countries’ publics – is one of the key instruments policymakers use to generate soft power, and the current information revolution makes such instruments more important than ever.
Wu Zurong Research Fellow, China Foundation for Int'l Studies
May 08 , 2019
American leadership helped build the multilateral world order after World War II, but now US unilateralism — spurred by domestic partisan divisions — is undermining the UN, the WTO, and accords on Iran and climate change. US allies’ continued cooperation on a successor to the TPP, and China’s proposed Belt and Road Initiative, show that the world will continue down a multilateral path, no matter if the US swerves off onto a unilateralist road.
Chen Xiangmiao Assistant Research Fellow, China National Institute for South China Sea Studies
May 08 , 2019
Despite Duterte’s fiery anti-US rhetoric, the Philippines and the US retain their strong military alliance. Similarly, on China-Philippines relations, Manila’s bark is worse than its bite — alongside South China Sea disagreements, the two sides have rapidly expanding economic ties. A bilateral (not trilateral) approach, with respect for each side’s red lines, is the key to avoiding escalation and deepening cooperation.
Lucio Blanco Pitlo III Research Fellow, Asia-Pacific Pathways to Progress
May 08 , 2019
Warming political ties over the past three years are beginning to produce economic and security dividends for both China and the Philippines. However, low public trust in China may not easily dissipate.