Category Archives: US-China Relationship

From Past to Future Historical Lessons and the US-China Relationship

World War I (2)

  The historiography of World War I and the examination of the events that led to war on August 4, 1914 are enormous.  Notwithstanding that very large historical and analytic record, the examination of the approach to World War I … Continue reading

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Avoiding A New Cold War – I don’t think so!

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Fashioning a moderately cooperative relationship between the US and China – the two great powers in the international system today  - has occupied many minds.  International relations specialists continue to be haunted by ‘power transition’ thesis.  According to this hypothesis, … Continue reading

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At Least a Better Tone – On Sino-US Relations

Xi-Obama at Sunnylands

A noticeable difference in tenor.  That is the first thing that struck me about this Dialogue meeting just recently concluded in Beijing.  The tenor of this Harvard-CASS Think Tank Dialogue on “Towards a New Model of Major-Country Relations between China … Continue reading

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Engaging in Concert – The Fifth S&ED

SandED II

  This coming week the fifth round of the S&ED (Strategic and Economic Dialogue) between China and the US will be held in Washington.  Many have characterized this as a monumental “bureaucratic circus”  with each side bring as many as … Continue reading

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Without Trust and Without Paranoia: US-China Relations

Xi and Obama

It was a time for informal face-to-face contact – just ended – the California summit between Presidents Xi and Obama. There is a strand of global summitry that emphasizes contact between leaders. Such contact can be disastrous of course. Kennedy’s … Continue reading

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Still A Dialogue of the Deaf – Pivot and Containment

Hagel @ Shangri-la June 2013

  On the eve of the first summit between US President Obama and China’s new President Xi Jinping scheduled for the 7th and 8th at Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage, California,  Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel delivered an annual and … Continue reading

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Rising to a Summit – Australia’s Kevin Rudd and US-China Leaders

  Kevin Rudd, the former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Australia has been on the “speechifying path” recently – I guess that’s what comes with others running the show.  He has been in North America and in the granddaddy … Continue reading

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The ‘China Dream’ or ‘A New Type of Great Power Relationship’

Experts are trying to puzzle through exactly what Chairman Xi Jinping has in store for US-China relations now that the power transfer has been completed in China and Xi has been named President. There appear to contending views from the … Continue reading

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Structural Complexity in the Global System

[Editors Note - Arthur was another expert that joined the Harvard-Beida Conference earlier in the month.] The disjuncture between economic and military structure is not a new phenomenon.  The Cold War, certainly from the early 1960s on, consisted of military … Continue reading

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Looking at the ‘World’ With Two Lens

Final reflections on the Harvard-Beida conference on US-China relations (see previous blog posts for further information).  If I was a meteorologist, I would suggest that the weather forecast for US-China relations has gone from, partly sunny to partly cloudy. A … Continue reading

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