Category: U.S – China Relations

Financial System Engagement and Harmonization by David Dollar

“During the 40 years since the normalization of U.S.-China relations, a key issue has been financial system engagement and harmonization. U.S. public and private institutions have played important roles in the reform and modernization of China’s financial system. China’s financial system, broadly understood, has also been a source of tension and conflict between the two countries from time to time.” From Financial System Engagement and Harmonization by David Dollar, Senior Fellow, John L. Thornton China Center, Brookings Institution. 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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Chinese Americans and China: A Fraught and Complicated Relationship by Gordon H. Chang

“January 1, 1979 for many Chinese Americans (those of Chinese ancestry who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents) was a joyous moment. They enthusiastically welcomed the normalization of relations between the United States and the People’s Republic of China as it ended the politically charged and long-hostile relationship between the two countries: one, their land of ancestry — no matter that for some it was four or five generations past — and the other, their land of nationality for themselves and their families for now and the future. Few saw the moment as validating the politics of either the PRC or the U.S. – politics per se was not the reason for celebration. A major step toward full social and cultural acceptance in American life was the reason for Chinese American hopefulness.” From Chinese Americans and China: A Fraught and Complicated Relationship by Gordon H. Chang, Olive H. Palmer Professor, Stanford University. 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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The Taiwan Issue and the Normalization of U.S.-China Relations by Richard Bush and Shelley Rigger

“After 1949, there were many obstacles to normalization of relations between the United States and the new People’s Republic of China (PRC), but Taiwan was no doubt a key obstacle. The Kuomintang-led Republic of China (ROC) government and armies had retreated there. Washington maintained diplomatic relations with the ROC government and, in 1954-55, acceded to Chiang Kai-shek’s entreaties for a mutual defense treaty. After June 1950 with the outbreak of the Korean conflict, the United States took the position that the status of the island of Taiwan— whether it was part of the sovereign territory of China—was “yet to be determined.” More broadly, PRC leaders regarded the United States as a threat to their regime, particularly because of its support for the ROC, and American leaders viewed China as a threat to peace and stability in East Asia and to Taiwan, which they saw as an ally in the containment of Asian communism in general and China in particular. It was from Taiwan’s Ching Chuan Kang (CCK) airbase, for example, that U.S. B-52s flew bombing missions over North Vietnam.” From The Taiwan Issue and the Normalization of U.S.-China Relations by Richard Bush, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution and the Michael H. Armacost Chair and Chen-Fu and Cecilia Yen Koo Chair in Taiwan Studies in the Center for East Asia Policy Studies (CEAP), and Shelley Rigger, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Asia Program and...

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U.S.-China Relations: The Education Factor by Mary Brown Bullock

“Education relations have long been viewed as deepening and stabilizing U.S. – China relations. Today’s extensive ties have been made possible by historic and cultural traditions, high level political support from both governments, and the globalization of both Chinese and American universities. Recently, however, critics of the relationship have come to the fore. Articles titled “The Failure of American Universities in China,” “China’s Pernicious Presence on American Campuses,” or “Chinese Power ‘may lead to global academic censorship crisis’” are just a few examples.” From U.S.-China Relations: The Education Factor by Mary Brown Bullock, former Executive Vice Chancellor of Duke Kunshan University and former President of Agnes Scott College. Written for the Carter Center’s symposium to commemorate President Carter’s 1979 decision to normalize relations with China. View or download the...

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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…