Category: U.S – China Relations

China Not Afraid of Conflict

The year 2013 was a year without fighting, but there was a strong potential for conflict. This year, the impact of local wars on the world situation is much more serious than in previous years. This year, the U.S. behaved very arrogantly, and Obama’s intentions were unclear; the Middle East retreated, East Asia rallied. In the 20th century, as a challenger of empires built on hegemonies, America’s national strategy was to break up and surround Eurasia and its three big political powers: the Middle Eastern Islamic world, Russia, and China. America also wanted to make further steps toward the...

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China rejects U.N. criticism in North Korea report, no comment on veto

BEIJING (Reuters) – China rejected what it said was “unreasonable criticism” of Beijing in a new U.N. report on human rights abuses in North Korea, but it would not be drawn on whether it would veto any proceedings in the Security Council to bring Pyongyang to book. North Korean security chiefs and possibly even Kim Jong Un, the leader of the country, should face international justice for ordering systematic torture, starvation and killings comparable to Nazi-era atrocities, U.N. investigators said on Monday. The unprecedented public rebuke and warning to a head of state by a U.N. inquiry is likely to...

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A Skeptic’s View Of U.S.-China-Japan Relations: Q & A With Dr. Mel Gurtov

If I had become an academic–i.e., gone on for the Ph.D. and a job in research and university teaching–my career might have have turned out like Mel Gurtov’s. Dr. Gurtov started as a researcher with the Rand Corporation–where studies deal with real world issues–and advanced to professor of political science in the University of California system. He is professor emeritus of political science at Portland State University and editor in chief of the journal Asian Perspective. He is author of more than 20 books on Asia and U.S. foreign policy. Gurtov contributed a brilliant article on U.S.-China relations, entitled “The...

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Growing concern with China’s behavior at sea: senior U.S. diplomat

The United States has growing concerns that China’s maritime claims in the disputed South China Sea are an effort to gain creeping control of oceans in the Asia-Pacific region, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday. In congressional testimony, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Danny Russel said China’s vague territorial claims in the South China Sea had “created uncertainty, insecurity and instability” among its neighbors. While the United States says it does not take sides in disputes, Russel said it has an interest in seeing maritime disputes resolved peacefully. The United States has...

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Survey on Mutual Perceptions

From Oct. 9 to Nov. 10, 2013, The Carter Center’s China Program conducted an online survey on U.S.–China mutual perceptions based on a convenient sample. There were 472 respondents from China and the United States; 385 people from China, 87 people from the U.S. The purpose of this survey is to understand at nominal level how American and Chinese citizens perceive each other. Result Highlights The majority of survey respondents from both countries have a favorable impression of each other. Both Chinese and American respondents reported an improved impression after visiting the other country. The majority of respondents from...

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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…