Category: Military and Security

China Program’s Africa-US-China Trilateral Cooperation Timeline

This page serves as a timeline of the Carter Center China Program’s involvement in Africa-US-China trilateral cooperation from 2015 to 2019. March 5-6, 2015 1st Africa-China-US Consultation for Peace and Development was held at The Carter Center with a focus on China-US cooperation in Sudan and South Sudan. January 13-14, 2016 2nd Africa-China-US Consultation for Peace and Development was held at The Carter Center. In addition to Ambassadors Zhong and Lyman, Ambassador Mohamed Chambas, UN Secretary General Special Envoy to Africa participated in the consultation via telephone from New York. A list of 36 recommendations on trilateral cooperation was developed at this consultation. Per suggestion from Ambassador Chambas, the Consultation began to look at the prospect of trilateral cooperation on anti-piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. July 26, 2016 3rd Africa-China-US Consultation for Peace and Consultation was held in Lomé, Togo. The Foreign Ministry of the Togo government sponsored the meeting. The meeting focused on maritime security in West Africa. November 17-18, 2016 Following the meeting held in Lomé, a technical workshop on trilateral cooperation on maritime security was held in Beijing. For the first time, military representatives from Africa, China and the US all attended the meeting. March 2017 An article entitled “Where Beijing, Washington, and African Governments Can Work Together: From Competition to Cooperation” was published online by Foreign Affairs. The article was coauthored by Ambassadors Princeton Lyman, Zhong Jianhua, Mohamed...

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Turbulent Waters: (Mis)Managing the Rise of China by Robert S. Ross

“The U.S.-China power transition is approaching a critical juncture. The rapid improvement of China’s relative economic influence and naval capabilities in East Asia has challenged the East Asian security order and long-standing U.S. regional security interests. And as the gap in U.S.-China maritime capabilities continues to narrow, the challenge of maintaining regional stability and great power peace will grow. In these rapidly changing strategic circumstances, the demand for moderate and judicious U.S.-Chinese leadership is especially acute.” From Turbulent Waters: (Mis)Managing the Rise of China by Robert S. Ross, professor of Political Science, Boston College. Written for the Carter Center’s symposium to commemorate President Carter’s 1979 decision to normalize relations with China. View or download the paper...

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China and America: The Age of Realist Geoeconomics by William H. Overholt

“Post-World War II Asia experienced a transformation of the strategic environment, defined by two changes. For the first time, human beings learned how to grow emerging economies from 7-10 percent annually, a marked change from the industrial revolution’s then-novel 2 percent that fueled creation of the British empire, and from the 3-4 percent that undergirded the emergence of Meiji Japan and of U.S. global dominance. Second, military technology became so destructive that pursuing national greatness in the old way, by seizing neighbors’ territory, usually became at best a path to Pyrrhic victory. This increase in the destructiveness of military technology was not confined to nuclear weapons; conventional air power, sea power, infantry firepower, and even improvised explosive devices are vastly more destructive than in earlier eras. These changes empowered countries whose national strategies deemphasized the traditional way of becoming an important power, namely using the military to seize large amounts of territory from neighbors, and empowered countries whose national strategies gave priority to economic competition. This shift did not mean that the military ever became unimportant; successful defense remained vital. But countries like North Korea and the Soviet Union, which gave overwhelming priority to the military, lost to countries like the U.S., Japan, South Korea, Indonesia and China, which gave priority to building their economies and assigned the military the role of protecting an economics-priority national strategy.” From China and America: The...

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Chinese and US Engagement with Developing Countries News Roundup: Jun.24 – Jul.5, 2019

This issue first explores why China may be becoming more cautious about lending to Africa, a Chinese company’s efforts to fight malaria in Kenya, and increased tensions between Kenyan and Chinese traders. We also summarize China’s critique of claims of debt-traps and neocolonialism and cover the China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo held in Hunan. Lastly, we describe the collapse of a Chinese-owned building in Cambodia, the surge of African migrants travelling to Latin America in pursuit of asylum in America, and US involvement in reaching a power-sharing deal in Sudan. Check out those stories and more in the first...

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Chinese and US Engagement with Developing Countries News Roundup: Apr.8 – Apr.26, 2019

Every two weeks, The Carter Center’s China Program releases an overview of major events involving Chinese and US global engagement, with a particular focus on emerging issues in Africa and Latin America. In addition to using news sources, the news roundup will analyze papers and reports from academic journals, governmental bodies, and NGOs, and will also summarize debates and other events organized by think tanks on select issues. The news roundup is intended to be a platform and resource for both China watchers and for readers interested in political and economic development in developing countries. It aims to deepen...

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Trump Timeline

Stay up to date with the timeline of Trump and the Trump Administration’s China Policies.

SR: The Week’s China Reads

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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…