The great decoupling: China, America and the struggle for technological supremacy – 19.01
- Since the 1980s, reforms have transformed China into the world’s second-largest economy and a major global power. Cyberspace and other advanced technologies have become a battleground for international dominance, but today’s world relies on global supply chains and interstate collaboration. Growing tension between the United States and China could result in the two major powers decoupling their technology, with significant consequences for humanity’s future.
Pompeo Declares China’s Crackdown on Uighurs ‘Genocide’ – FP, 19.01
The Trump administration’s final parting shot at Beijing poses a diplomatic challenge for Biden on his first day in office. By Robbie Gramer, Amy Mackinnon
Pompeo’s Mistimed Uighur Genocide Declaration Hands China Ammo – FP, 19.01
A botched process will end up helping Beijing’s propaganda. By Kate Cronin-Furman
US declares Xinjiang ‘genocide’ – Politico, 19.01
‘I have determined that the People’s Republic of China is committing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang,’ says Mike Pompeo.
Washington Still Wants China to Be a Responsible Stakeholder – FP, 29.12
Despite heated language, the U.S. goals haven’t changed. By Andrew Taffer
US-China trade deficit skyrockets – DW, 16.12
- US President Trump is on his way out, and as his successor prepares to take over, experts are wondering what will remain of Trump’s policies. Especially the US’ trade with China. Central to Trump’s ‘America First’ approach were policies to reduce the US’s trade deficit with China. He introduced tariffs on 360 billion dollars worth of Chinese-made products.
- But that seems to have failed: In November, China’s global trade surplus skyrocketed to over 75 billion dollars, mostly due to strong exports to the US, which were up 46 percent on a year ago.
- The main reason for that: the coronavirus pandemic. With many Americans stuck at home, record amounts are being spent on a huge range of Chinese products.
- Meanwhile, American exports to China have only slightly improved. Agricultural products have sold well, but manufactured items have been badly hit by the pandemic.
The Trump State Department’s Swan Song? A Strange, Flawed China Paper – FP, 8.12
The U.S.-China conflict may be the defining 21st-century challenge, but the recommendations stand out by what they fail to address. By Daniel Baer
Joe Biden explains his approach for US-China relationship – 4.12
- President-elect Joe Biden says that he plans to be tough on China and expects them to adhere to international rules. Amid China-US tensions, Australia finds itself caught between two superpowers. The relationship between China and Australia has been tense for years, but it has soured rapidly in 2020 over issues relating to the Covid-19 pandemic, human rights and trade tariffs.
What does a Biden presidency mean for China? – FT, 4.12
IPS-Nathan Lecture II: US-China Rivalry: Inevitable War or Avoidable War? – 7.20
- World in Transition: Singapore’s Future by Professor Chan Heng Chee – Professor Chan Heng Chee’s lectures will examine Singapore’s place in an uncertain and fast-changing world. Covid-19 caught the international community by surprise, with the unprecedented speed and magnitude of the damage it has inflicted on public health and the economy. It has upended the way we work and live. At the same time, the uncertainty surrounding our world order remains. What will the continued US-China rivalry mean for Singapore? How will we see technology and trade shape the world moving forward? Is it all doom and gloom for Singapore? What about our circumstances might help us as we approach the new normal that lies ahead of us?
- Lecture II – US-China Rivalry: Inevitable War or Avoidable War? – Professor Chan traces the United States-China relationship over the years. There was ambivalence on the part of the US, and the ‘strategic engagement’ was not without obstacles and complications. The relationship between the US and China flourished, overall, with benefits to both sides. Now, this period has come to an end. Professor Chan will discuss why the US-China working relationship has come apart, beyond the election of their current heads of state. She will look at their competition and conflict over trade and technology, and how this broadens, extends and spills over to other areas. Analysing developments in the South China Sea and Taiwan, she poses the question — is war between the two powers inevitable or avoidable?
US–China Strategic Competition – CH, 11.19
The Quest for Global Technological Leadership
- The current dispute between the US and China goes far beyond trade tariffs and tit-for-tat reprisals: the underlying driver is a race for global technological supremacy. This paper examines the risks of greater strategic competition as well as potential solutions for mitigating the impacts of the US–China economic confrontation.