Category: U.S – China Relations

Forty Years On: Looking Backward and Forward in US-China Relations

Speech at the Carter Center and Emory University Symposium on “The United States & China at 40: Seeking a New Framework to Manage Bilateral Relations” January 16-19, 2019 Atlanta, Georgia It is indeed a pleasure and honor to be invited to participate in this important symposium and to be a luncheon speaker today. I face the problem of those who speak at towards the end of a conference: everything has already been said—but, as the old adage goes, not everyone has said it! I have learned a lot from listening to the previous two days of proceedings from many...

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40th Anniversary Round Up

Jimmy Carter: Trump should form advisory panel on China By AP NEWS Atlanta — Jan 18, 2019 Summary At the Carter Center’s Symposium on the 40th Anniversary of Normalization, former President Jimmy Carter offered experienced advice to the current U.S. Administration on maintaining relations with China. The former President referenced his time as president and the experience of building relations with Japan. He mentioned that he relied upon a group of scholars, former diplomats, and experts for advice on better understanding and building upon the U.S. – Japan relationship. During the symposium, President Carter reiterated that normalizing relations with China...

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Do Confucius Institutes Pose a Threat to American Campuses?

The first Confucius Institute (CI) opened in Seoul, South Korea in 2004, and the first CI in the US opened at the University of Maryland later that same year. The program pairs foreign universities with Chinese universities to offer Chinese language and culture courses at foreign universities. In the US, many domestic faculty and scholars have supported the programs because it allows universities to expand their offerings of courses on Chinese language and culture. Partnership with Chinese universities for a CI allows American institutions to avoid a “low-equilibrium trap” situation in which language programs don’t have the resources to expand...

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All Quiet in the Taiwan Strait in the Coming Years?

On December 2, 2016, then-President-elect Trump received a congratulatory phone call from President Tsai Ing-wen of the Republic of China (ROC), also known as Taiwan. The phone call triggered a political storm in DC, prompting many former foreign policy makers to question President Trump’s rationale in dealing with China and managing US-Taiwan relations. While Trump has not changed his bellicosity on trade issues with Asian countries, and China in particular, his administration has largely opted to follow the traditionalist policy approach in East Asia in other areas. Since February of last year, the Trump administration has honored the “one...

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China and North Korea: Comrades-in-NO-Arms

When I thought of North Korea a year ago, I pictured a dark, desolate place, where color could only be found in its flags, propaganda posters and murals. It is a hateful country led by a lunatic leader. It does not have many friends in the world but its neighbor, China, is a strong ally. I almost believed that China had the power to do more to convince Kim Jong Un to freeze his nuclear programs. Now I realized that I was wrong about Sino-North Korean relations. The history between the two countries and recent interactions between Pyongyang and...

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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…