Category: U.S – China Relations

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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A Timeline of Trump’s and the Trump Administration’s Actions, Statements And Policies on China

Throughout the course of Donald Trump’s campaign and presidency, he has voiced a multitude of different positions with regard to how he would approach relations with China. With this in mind, it would be useful to provide a chronology of all of Trump’s and his administration’s actions and comments on China. This timeline will be updated as new events concerning Trump and US-China relations arise.   June 21, 2017 The U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Mattis hosted Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi and the PLA Chief of the General Staff General Fang Fenghui for the...

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Where Can the US, China, and Governments of Africa Work Together?

Where can US, Chinese, and African governments work together? This is the question asked (and answered) by Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Princeton N. Lyman, Jianhua Zhong, and John Goodman in their recent Foreign Affairs article. Though aware of the potential for distrust and disagreement to limit cooperation, the authors nonetheless suggest that the US, China, and African governments should work to build “habits of cooperation” on areas of agreement, such as in peacebuilding, maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea, and efforts to address the causes and consequences of violent extremism in Africa’s Sahel and Sahara regions. They conclude with...

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Trilateral Balance Threatened by Park’s Impeachment

             On Friday December 9th, the South Korean 300-member National Assembly voted 234-56 in favor of the motion to impeach President Park Geun-hye. This decision comes after weeks of unprecedented protests in Seoul, sparked by reports of Park’s wide-ranging misuse of power. South Korea’s Constitutional Court is expected to soon ratify the vote, thus securing her impeachment. The next leader of South Korea will be in a position to redirect the country’s political agenda, with Korean relationships toward the United States and China at the forefront. The implementation of the American-made Terminal High Altitude...

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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…