It should come as no surprise that China prefers to treat individuals, information, and institutions in the international sphere as it treats them within its own borders. China’s fast-emerging competition with the United States in the rule-making arena is an attempt to have Chinese values and standards accepted as legitimate alternatives to established international standards and practices. This month’s newsletter kicks off with three short articles that, read together, present a balanced picture of the competition to make global rules—a competition that increasingly shapes bilateral relations.
The new year in U.S.-China relations began in the uncertain afterglow of President Obama’s and General Secretary Xi’s November summit in Beijing. Those meetings—Xi was said to spend more time with Obama than with all other national leaders combined—were widely read as a joint effort to ease the friction and mutual suspicion that had characterized relations since Xi and Obama met at Sunnylands in 2013.
China has just made its biggest foreign policy adjustment since 1989. The bigger question here is, what is the grand strategy behind Xi’s plans? Kissinger Institute Global Fellow, Zheng Wang writes about China's evolving foreign policy under Xi Jinping.
During recent speeches, high-level Chinese officials delivered seemingly contradictory messages about China’s intentions as a world power. Does China intend to challenge the current world order or does it simply want to play its role within the current structure?
US-China Relations After APEC: The nature of Sino-American relations is rapidly changing. And that’s a good thing.Nov 18, 2014
"Overall, China’s rise to greater regional power and America’s loss of global hegemon status are inevitable. The only real question is whether that transition will lead to more cooperation between a China and U.S. who increasingly share responsibility for major global issues, or to conflict," writes Jack A. Goldstone.
A range of issues and events in Europe and the Middle East have prevented the Obama Administration from fully committing to its proposed “rebalance” to the Asia-Pacific region. But beginning next week when he travels to the region, the President will have another opportunity to put relations with China and other regional partners in the spotlight. Kissinger Institute Director Robert Daly provides a preview of the trip in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.
In partnership with the China Overseas Exchange Association, we invite you to an exhibit of photographs and artifacts from the period of Sino-U.S. alliance during WWII. The exhibit will be display on Woodrow Wilson Plaza and on the 4th and 5th floors of the Wilson Center through October 21, 2014.
Crowds of protesters are shrinking, talks are scheduled, but frustrations on both sides remain. While many in the press and elsewhere are quick to reference the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, Robert Daly explains how what’s happening today is different in many ways.
"This is a key moment for the students. The chief executive is certainly not going to leave and the crowds are now smaller than they have been; it is reasonable to assume that those who remain are more radical, are willing to go a little bit further," says Robert Daly.