Wang Wenfeng Professor, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations
Mar 31 , 2017
As an experienced businessman, Trump may not use words as thoughtfully as a typical politician, which sometimes is his strength rather than weakness. Words can be used as a tool in negotiations in different ways. The real question will be: How steadfast is his word when making deals?
J. Berkshire Miller International Affairs Fellow (Hitachi), Council on Foreign Relations (Tokyo)
Mar 17 , 2017
The swarm approach – by hitting Beijing on multiple issues in at once in a flurry – seems to be calculated upon Trump’s own business approach. This projects that Trump’s “leverage” over Beijing would compel painful concessions from China on core issues because of its fear over Washington’s scorn and threats.
Tao Wenzhao Researcher, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Mar 02 , 2017
For more than four decades, China-US relations have been guided by the foundation enshrined in the Joint Communique. The ‘no conflict, no confrontation’ principle advocated by China remains the bottom line of bilateral relations, and the lynchpin is the one-China policy. With China’s growth and prosperity today, there is every reason to be confident in the future of China-US relations.
Alan S Alexandroff Director of the Global Summitry Project, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
Feb 10 , 2017
So where is the pivot? No, not the Obama Administration’s Asian pivot. I’m speaking of another pivot. This one was to occur when candidate Trump transformed from candidate to President-elect and then President.
Sampson Oppedisano Executive Assistant to the Dean, The Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy
Feb 15 , 2017
Donald Trump is a new type of political phenomena that has caught the world off guard. His unpredictability and lack of experience set the stage for a perfect storm of wild-card events that will almost certainly be an early theme during his presidency. While it is China’s decision how it reacts to Trump, tact and precision will be Beijing’s greatest defense in not only ensuring that relations with the U.S. do not deteriorate further, but in safeguarding key aspects of the current international system.
Andrew Ludwig Junior Fellow of Center for Peace and Conflict Studies
Feb 20 , 2017
As a new president assessing old policy, Mr. Trump has every right to take a fresh look at One-China, review the U.S.’s stance towards Taiwan, and make changes he sees fit. However, making Taiwan a bargaining chip in any deal with China is not the way to go about it. In fact, it showed a fundamental lack of understanding of the One-China issue on the part of Trump’s transition team.
Wu Zurong Research Fellow, China Foundation for Int'l Studies
Feb 20 , 2017
Trump’s commitment to honor the one-China policy opens the door for discussions on many ways to develop the world’s most important bilateral relationship, and to seek constructive approaches to resolve each other’s major concerns.
He Yafei Former Vice Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Feb 20 , 2017
Major powers need to work together to push globalization forward in the right direction, with more equitable benefits for people in every country. Any action to gain geopolitical advantage at the expense of another major power will not only bring risks to global security but damage prospects for world economic growth.
Shen Dingli Associate Dean, Fudan Unversity
Feb 16 , 2017
The US President Donald Trump talked to Chinese President Xi Jinping last week. In the White House press readout, the call was termed as “lengthy” and “cordial”. At Trump’s press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a day later, he described his conversation with Chinese counterpart on the phone as “very warm”.