Category: U.S – China Relations

The Sources of U.S.-China Strategic Mistrust

The historical use of ambiguity has been at the foundation of postwar U.S.-China ties. The recent visits of U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to China and the Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy to Taiwan and the Chinese leadership’s responses to these visits indicate that U.S.-China relations continue to suffer from what many experts tend to label as “strategic mistrust.” Today the long-standing strategic mistrust issue exacerbates tensions between the U.S. and China as they have increased interactions involving vital national interests and legitimate national security concerns in the areas of the Taiwan and Malacca Straits. The increasing frequency...

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Obama looks to salvage Asia ‘pivot’ as allies fret about China

When a Philippine government ship evaded a Chinese blockade in disputed waters of the South China Sea last month, a U.S. Navy plane swooped in to witness the dramatic encounter. The flyover was a vivid illustration of the expanding significance of one of Asia’s most strategic regions and underscored a message that senior U.S. officials say President Barack Obama will make in Asia next week: The “pivot” of U.S. military and diplomatic assets toward the Asia-Pacific region is real. Washington’s Asian allies, however, appear unconvinced. During Obama’s four-nation tour of Asia that begins on April 23, his toughest challenge will be to reassure...

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America’s Interests and Challenges in the South China Sea

As the Philippines seeks to internationalize its South China Sea (SCS) dispute with Beijing through an arbitration tribunal in The Hague, it would prove useful to remember what U.S. stakes are in the sea’s contested waters. Three interests of prime concern to the United States include freedom of navigation, preservation of peace through adherence to international law and norms, and the maintenance of a favorable balance of power in the region. While China is by no means the only nation that has taken a strong approach to SCS disputes, it is the only regional country with enough combined leverage...

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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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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…