Category: U.S – China Relations

Rebuilding Afghanistan: A Chance for U.S.-China Consistency

Afghanistan is at the crossroads of the “Heart of Asia”. Because of its geopolitical centrality, the country has been a focal point for invasion and wars. In the 1980s and early 1990s, Afghanistan was a proxy battleground for the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States. Since the 2000s, the country has captured international headlines for its domestic terrorism and instabilities. Beyond the headlines, in fact, Afghanistan security has emerged as one of the few areas of genuine bilateral cooperation in the often-fractious U.S.-China relationship. Following the 2014 withdrawal of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) combat...

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Surprising Reactions to Trump from the Chinese News and Net

While Donald Trump does certainly have his share of ardent domestic support and opposition, how does his rhetoric and image translate overseas? In particular, how do Chinese netizens and news sources feel about Donald Trump, his policies, and by extension, his family members that are now part of the administration? Both the United States and China have enormous global influence, and future collaboration and alliances between the two nation will depend on how Trump himself treats China, as well as public and state opinions. China only has one ally on paper, North Korea (DPRK), and future international relations are...

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“To Learn is to Know One’s Ignorance”: Sino-U.S. Relations and Millennials Studying Abroad

Studying abroad can be an incredible and rewarding way to complete one’s education, and can help students succeed in the long run. In both the U.S. and China many programs exist whose sole purpose is to send students to study in another country. These programs laud the innumerable benefits of foreign language and culture exposure, and the potential job opportunities gained from marketing an experience abroad. These benefits also extend past the purely personal gains– studying in another country can have international influence as well. When students go abroad, particularly to pursue education, they are seen as ambassadors of...

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As Trump Bets on China’s Help on North Korea, Aides Ask: Is It Worth It?

WASHINGTON — There is no foreign leader on whom President Trump has placed a bigger bet than Xi Jinping of China. Mr. Trump’s gamble was based on his calculation that Mr. Xi, the Chinese president, could put heavy pressure on North Korea to curb its nuclear weapons and missile programs. To secure Mr. Xi’s cooperation, the president soft-pedaled his harsh stance on China’s trade practices, and has said little about its adventurism in the South China Sea. But a growing number of Mr. Trump’s aides fear that the bet is not paying off. China has not significantly tightened the...

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Partners of Necessity: The Strategic Sino-Russian Alliance in Central Asia Over Belt and Road Initiative

The colossal Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a China-heavily funded economic development strategy that focuses on connectivity among countries primarily between the China and the rest of Eurasia. It consists of the land-based “Silk Road Economic Belt” (SREB) and oceangoing “Maritime Silk Road” (MSR). During the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) held in Beijing from May 14 to 15, 2017, China-Russia cooperation over BRI in Central Asia was warmly discussed. The special friendship between Beijing and Moscow is visibly displayed in Xi and Putin’s speeches, when both leaders reiterate their commitment to globalization and free trade. On a rhetorical...

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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…