As multiple media outlets share their experience of having suffered cyber-attacks and computer security firms publish reports highlighting China’s People’s Liberation Army backing for hacking activities in the United States, the issue threatens to strain U.S.-China relations, even as both powers are already at odds over other security issues such as the rising territorial disputes in the Asia-Pacific region. Cyber-attacks have time and again caused a flurry of headlines (e.g. “Titan Rain” attack aimed at U.S. Pentagon and House of Commons in 2006, denial of service attack on Estonian Governmental websites in 2007, Google hacking in 2009, Stuxnet aimed...Read More
The relationship between the United States and the People’s Republic of China has the capacity to define the global geopolitical landscape for decades to come. Following the official end of the United States combat mission in Iraq in December 2011, the gradual drawing down of American troops in Afghanistan, and against the backdrop of a global financial crisis that has lasted for nearly four years, American relations vis-à-vis China are likely to take center stage on the international scene. As the U.S. Presidential contest between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney enters its final month, the dangers of this important...Read More
Jul 13, 2012 | Highlight |
Most scholarship on US-Chinese relations has either focused on Nixon and Kissinger’s rapprochement with China or viewed President Carter’s normalization of relations with China as only one part in the larger story of US-China relations. This forthcoming series of commentaries is designed to reverse this tradition.Understanding exactly how the US and China were able to complete the final step in normalizing relations, despite disagreement over Taiwan, can help us understand the negotiated basis of the relationship and how the relationship has evolved since. In this first installment, I will lay out the general conditions in which normalization unfolded during the...Read More
Are the American people so afraid of China because of our countries’ differences? Because we are insecure about out place in the world right now? Because of too much media attention on the subject? Or is it because the Chinese government is using its exported lead-filled toys to poison our minds? China has become the center of international news in the U.S. since the economic recession began, and it has even played an important role in midterm political campaigns. While there has been plenty of media coverage and no lack of scare tactics, few have addressed exactly what we...Read More
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SR: The Week’s China Reads
Every week, China Program’s Senior Advisor Dr. Robert A. Kapp compiles a reading list and provides commentary, for you to better understand China.
Robert A. Kapp is senior advisor to the China Program at the Carter Center. He has been principal of Robert A. Kapp and Associates, a business consulting firm, since 2004. From 1994 through 2004 he served as President of the United States-China Business Council…