An Gang, Adjunct Fellow, Center for International Security and Strategy, Tsinghua University
Nov 09, 2021
A major question with respect to China-U.S. relation has not been answered since it was first raised a few years ago: What are they fighting for? If this cannot be answered to the satisfaction of reasonable people, shouldn’t they just sit down and get on with pragmatic dialogue?
Sourabh Gupta, Senior Fellow, Institute for China-America Studies
Oct 26, 2021
Though the Biden administration has promised that a comprehensive policy on trade with China would be produced, it is looking more and more like they intend to piece together Trump-era actions under their name.
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Brian Wong, DPhil in Politics candidate and Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford
Oct 26, 2021
Escalating conflicts are not a winning proposition for the U.S. and China, and signs from recent interactions between the two may indicate that leaders on both sides want to steer the relationship toward a more stable scenario.
James H. Nolt, Adjunct Professor at New York University
Oct 26, 2021
Headlines would suggest a U.S.-China confrontation is imminent, but a close examination of the economic relations between the two nations and the material reality of trade reveal that instigating a conflict would be a proverbial shot in the foot for either side.
Dong Chunling, Assistant Research Fellow, CICIR
Oct 21, 2021
The importance of China-U.S. relations goes far beyond the two countries. Their relationship influences no only their own people but also sets an example for others. They need to step up to the task.
Li Yan, Deputy Director of Institute of American Studies, CICIR
Oct 18, 2021
Over several decades, the U.S. has emphasized crisis management with China, mostly for tactical reasons. Now, the Biden administration’s emphasis is clearly strategic. The U.S. wants to be in a position to constrain China’s policy options, while tilting the playing field toward its own interests.
Sun Chenghao, Fellow, Center for International Security and Strategy, Tsinghua University
Oct 13, 2021
Dialogue is always better than confrontation. The Zurich talks may lead to a virtual presidential meeting and more frequent strategic discussion between the two countries to gradually change the negative narrative of competition. A solid foundation must be built one step at a time, and each opportunity seized.
David Shambaugh, Gaston Sigur Professor of Asian Studies and Director of the China Policy Program, George Washington University
Oct 12, 2021
Recent high-level talks in Switzerland between China and the United States have laid a basis for continuing dialogue, leading to a joint agreement for Presidents Biden and Xi Jinping to hold a virtual summit before the year’s end.
Joseph S. Nye, Professor, Harvard University
Oct 11, 2021
As US President Joe Biden’s administration implements its strategy of great power competition with China, analysts seek historical metaphors to explain the deepening rivalry. But while many invoke the onset of the Cold War, a more worrisome historical metaphor is the start of World War I. In 1914, all the great powers expected a short third Balkan War. Instead, as the British historian Christopher Clark has shown, they sleepwalked into a conflagration that lasted four years, destroyed four empires, and killed millions.
Sun Zhe, Co-director, China Initiative, Columbia University; Senior Research Fellow, Institute of State Governance Studies, Beijing University
Oct 11, 2021
One positive outcome is that the two presidents, Xi Jinping and Joe Biden, will hold a videoconference before the end of the year. But there have been a number of other good signs elsewhere as well. Bilateral ties have not continued deteriorating but are showing signs of a gradual thaw.