Matt Ferchen, Nonresident Scholar, Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
Feb 07, 2017
Even before the election of Donald Trump or Xi Jinping’s debut at the World Economic Forum in Davos, two mutually contradictory frameworks for understanding China’s international economic and geopolitical influence, one emanating from increasingly hawkish U.S. pundits and the other from China’s top leaders, had taken shape. However, by recognizing and even embracing the complexity of China’s domestic and international political economy, new opportunities for productive engagement may replace growing strategic competition.
Dean P. Chen, Associate Professor of Political Science, Ramapo College of New Jersey
Feb 06, 2017
The inauguration of President Donald J. Trump on January 20, 2017 suggests that U.S. foreign policy is moving away from the Wilsonian liberal internationalism, which has guided American foreign policymaking since the end of World War II, toward the “America-first” Jacksonian populism.
Barbara Hackman Franklin, 29th U.S. Secretary of Commerce, President and CEO of Barbara Franklin Enterprises
Feb 03, 2017
A trade war, such as some are predicting, harms both countries, creates uncertainty for many other countries, and is an activity that does not belong anywhere in the interconnected global world of the 21st century. I believe this will be averted. Instead, I truly believe the two presidents are pragmatic and understanding of the stakes involved, and will start a communication and negotiation process that results in wins for both countries.
Daniel Ikenson, Director, Cato Institute’s Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies
Feb 03, 2017
Like a slow motion train wreck, we can see what’s coming, but are powerless to stop it. No longer do facts matter. No longer is there appetite for cautious deliberation. No longer can we assume cooler heads will prevail. The guardrails and emergency brakes that prevented the relationship from running off the tracks in the past have fallen into disrepair. Where else to go, but into the abyss?
Colin Moreshead, Freelance Writer
Jan 17, 2017
Few recent developments in Sino-US relations, preceding the 2016 presidential election, strained the imagination. Enter Donald Trump.
Patrick Mendis, Visiting Professor of Global Affairs, National Chengchi University
Jan 16, 2017
As the TPP trade pact fizzles away, China would happily expand its domain of influence in the Pacific Rim region while U.S. allies and friends inevitably look for a more reliable partner in the neighborhood. As these geopolitical realities set in, will Trump’s campaign promises to “Make America Great Again” eventually result in “Making China Great Again” and leave the U.S. much less relevant?
Elizabeth Muller, Executive Director, Berkeley Earth
Jan 17, 2017
With the advent of the Trump administration, many environmentalists are experiencing a sense of utter depression. President-elect Trump does not appear to agree that rapid development of renewable energy is good for the economy and the odds are that he and his Republican Congress will cancel many of the programs and incentives, such as subsidies, that were meant to promote renewables.
Ted Galen Carpenter, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
Jan 13, 2017
Neither China nor the United States should rationally wish to see a confrontation develop with a crucial economic partner. But we should also be aware of the limits of economic links as a restraining factor. For the first time since the rapprochement that Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger orchestrated in the early 1970s, an incoming U.S. president seems to be considering translating the China-bashing rhetoric of a presidential campaign into actual policy.
Yao Yunzhu, Retired Major General, Chinese People’s Liberation Army
Jan 27, 2017
If a military blockade is implemented to deny China the access to the South China Sea islands it occupies, it means an invasion against Chinese territory, retired Chinese major general Yao Yunzhu argues.
Wu Zurong, Research Fellow, China Foundation for Int'l Studies
Jan 25, 2017
China and the U.S. are so different in political system, cultural tradition and history, it is no easy job to find areas of governance in which the two countries can share experiences and lessons. But Trump’s wish to give power back to the people is a golden opportunity to try.