Can the United States Really Decouple From China? – FP, 11.01.22
Probably not—but that doesn’t mean it won’t try. By Jeffrey Kucik, an associate professor at the University of Arizona, and Rajan Menon, the Anne and Bernard Spitzer professor of international relations at the City College of New York
When America Invaded China – FP, 17.01.22
The Boxer Rebellion still shapes Beijing’s attitude toward the United States. By Jonathan M. Katz, the author of the upcoming Gangsters of Capitalism: Smedley Butler, the Marines, and the Making and Breaking of America’s Empire
Fibs About Funding Aren’t Espionage, Even When China Is Involved – FP, 28.12.21
The U.S. Justice Department’s China Initiative has become dangerously broad. By Emily Weinstein, a research analyst with the Center for Security and Emerging Technology at Georgetown University
Why China Is Freaking Out Over Biden’s Democracy Summit – FP, 10.12.21
Beijing’s overreaction to the virtual summit is telling. By Mareike Ohlberg, a senior fellow in the Asia program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, based at the fund’s Berlin office, and Bonnie S. Glaser, director of the Asia program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States
U.S. Declares Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing Olympics – FP, 7.12.21
Biden won’t send U.S. officials to the 2022 Winter Games. Will other countries follow suit? By Christina Lu, an editorial fellow at Foreign Policy
The U.S.-China Relationship Has Entered a New Phase – FP, 6.12.21
Diplomacy post-Biden-Xi summit is a test of intentions. By Robert A. Manning, a senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security and its New American Engagement Initiative
Washington Needs a Better Message in Africa Than ‘Don’t Trust China’ – FP, 29.11
A critical Chinese-African summit offers a chance for a U.S. policy rethink. By Henry Tugendhat, a senior policy analyst at the U.S. Institute of Peace, and Kamissa Camara, director of external affairs at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change and a former government minister in Mali
Biden Struggles to Stick to the Script on Taiwan – FP, 17.11
Not for the first time, the U.S. president misspoke about the island at the center of U.S.-China tensions. By Amy Mackinnon, a national security and intelligence reporter at Foreign Policy, and Anna Weber, an intern at Foreign Policy
China Urged Republicans to Cancel Taiwan Visit – FP, 15.11
Beijing warned U.S. lawmakers the trip would erode the “One China” status quo. By Jack Detsch, Foreign Policy’s Pentagon and national security reporter
Biden and Xi Pause Saber Rattling for First Face-to-Face – FP, 16.11
Breakthroughs remain elusive, but both sides agreed on need to manage tensions. By Amy Mackinnon, a national security and intelligence reporter at Foreign Policy
U.S.-China Trade Talks Should Prioritize Opening Up China’s Internet – FP, 16.11
One of the world’s biggest trade barriers is also a tool of censorship. By Jianli Yang and Lianchao Han, the vice president of Citizen Power Initiatives for China
What to Expect From the Biden-Xi Virtual Summit – FP, 14.11
Heated words, frank conversations, and little end in sight to the world’s biggest showdown. By Amy Mackinnon, a national security and intelligence reporter at Foreign Policy
Trump-Branded China Hawks Look to Take Over Congress – FP, 11.11
Former Trump officials are grooming a new generation of Senate candidates to make the hard-line approach to China the GOP’s default. By Jack Detsch, Foreign Policy’s Pentagon and national security reporter
The U.S. Is Still Beating China in Human Capital—For Now – FP, 5.11
Washington could lose its unique talent advantages unless it pushes reform. By Ryan Hass, a senior fellow and the Michael H. Armacost Chair in the foreign-policy program at the Brookings Institution, and Jude Blanchette, the Freeman chair in China studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies
The Pentagon Wants to Talk About China’s Nukes – FP, 3.11
China prepares to fight and win a war against the United States, the U.S. Defense Department said in its annual review. By Jack Detsch, Foreign Policy’s Pentagon and national security reporter
Biden’s ‘Strategic Competition’ Is a Step Back – FP, 13.10
A switch from Trump administration language does nothing to clarify U.S. policymaking. By Cornell Overfield, an associate research analyst at CNA
JPMorgan’s Deal With Alipay Will Put the PLA in Your Pocket – FP, 12.10
Chinese mobile payment apps are a national security threat—but Western financial firms are misguidedly rushing to embrace them. By Elisabeth Braw, a columnist at Foreign Policy and a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute
Is Defending Taiwan Worth the Risk? – FP, 21.10
Chinese incursions and U.S. training of Taiwanese forces raise the specter of war. Is it a conflict the United States can handle. By Emma Ashford, a senior fellow in the New American Engagement Initiative at the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, and Matthew Kroenig, deputy director of the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security
Biden’s Vague Muddle of a Trade Policy for China – FP, 7.10
The administration should stop agonizing over Beijing and focus on trade with everyone else instead. By Edward Alden, a columnist at Foreign Policy, a visiting professor at Western Washington University, and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations
State Department Plans ‘China House’ to Counter Beijing – FP, 21.09
Some fear larger State Department China desk could be a “massive bureaucratic blob.” By Jack Detsch, Foreign Policy’s Pentagon and national security reporter, and Robbie Gramer, a diplomacy and national security reporter at Foreign Policy
Nine charts that show who’s winning the U.S.-China tech race – WP, 21.09
Chinese and American companies are locked in a hard-fought battle for technological primacy. Here’s a look at where that competition is headed.
Congress Presses White House to Take Control of Pacific Island Talks – FP, 8.09
China is building military bases all over the Pacific. U.S. access is hung up over decades-old nuclear tests. By Jack Detsch, Foreign Policy’s Pentagon and national security reporter, and Zinya Salfiti, an intern at Foreign Policy
The long game: China’s grand strategy to displace American order – BI, 26.08
- On August 26, the Foreign Policy program at Brookings hosted a webinar exploring the themes addressed in this new volume. The event featured a moderated discussion with Rush Doshi, former director of the Brookings China Strategy Initiative and a former fellow in Brookings Foreign Policy, and Michael O’Hanlon, director of research in Brookings Foreign Policy, followed by a panel discussion with experts who focused on analysis concerning the U.S.-China relationship and China’s grand strategy.
Is China’s New U.S. Ambassador a ‘Wolf Warrior’—or a Fox? – FP, 10.-8
Although close to Chinese President Xi Jinping, Qin Gang doesn’t quite fit the mold of hostile Chinese diplomacy. By Melinda Liu, Newsweek’s Beijing bureau chief
Ideological Competition With China Is Inevitable—Like It or Not – FP, 6.08
Beijing recognizes promoting human rights and democracy is an ideological challenge. So should Washington. By Nathan Levine, a China advisor at the Asia Society Policy Institute
Time to End the U.S. Justice Department’s China Initiative – FP, 22.07
A misguided effort at countering espionage needs a serious rethink. By Margaret K. Lewis, a professor of law at Seton Hall University
Biden’s Dangerous Doctrine – FP, 21.07
The administration’s core foreign policy is all about confronting China—and far riskier than Washington seems to realize. By Jonathan Tepperman, a former editor in chief of Foreign Policy
Biden’s Climate Diplomacy Is a Gift to China – FP, 17.12.21
The administration is paying for vain hopes with dangerous concessions. By A. Wess Mitchell, a principal at The Marathon Initiative and a former assistant secretary of state for Europe and Eurasia
The United States Can’t Afford the Brutal Price of Chinese Solar Panels – FP, 15.07
Americans need a national green tech strategy. By Henry Wu, a researcher at the Center for a New American Security
Biden’s “Build Back Better World” Is an Empty Competitor to China – FP, 30.06
There’s no need to follow Beijing’s hollow Belt and Road Initiative. By Andreea Brinza
The Build Back Better World Partnership Could Finally Break the Belt and Road – FP, 28.06
When nations are freed from China’s oppressive debt practices, economies across the world can achieve sustainable growth through trade, stability, and collective prosperity. By Gregory W. Meeks, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee
Biden Opens Sneaky New Front in Trade War Against China – FP, 22.06
To understand the administration’s new stance, look to the South Korean semiconductor firm Magnachip. By Chris Miller, an assistant professor at Tuft University’s Fletcher School of Law and Democracy
Biden’s Afghanistan Pullout Could Make the China Problem Harder – FP, 24.06
No, a complete withdrawal will not ease the U.S. pivot to China. By Michael J. Green, the senior vice president for Asia at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a professor at Georgetown University, and Gabriel Scheinmann, the executive director of the Alexander Hamilton Society
Pacific Commanders Want More Money for Biden’s Asia Pivot – FP, 8.06
Military leaders want to “seize the initiative” against China. By Jack Detsch
Pentagon Faces Tense Fight Over Pacific Pivot – FP, 7.06
The Defense Department is in an internal tug of war over the practicality of putting more U.S. troops in the range of Chinese missiles. By Jack Detsch
‘Stronger’ Bets the United States Can Outlast China – FP, 3.06
When it comes to the mutual relationship, Beijing gets a vote. By Nina Palmer, a senior fellow for China at the Center for American Progress.
State Legislation Might Backfire on U.S.-China Relations – FP, 2.06
Beijing doesn’t understand local governments are independent of Washington. By Bryce C. Barros, the China affairs analyst at the German Marshall Fund of the United States’ Alliance for Securing Democracy, and Jennifer Gurev, a former resident junior fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States’ Alliance for Securing Democracy
Beijing Is Social Media Trolling Biden Over Gaza
China’s wolf warrior diplomacy has discovered the Middle East, catching Washington unprepared. By Michael Singh, a senior fellow and the managing director at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Biden Is Continuing the Trump Administration’s Revised Stance on Tibet – FP, 25.05
The U.S. government has shifted language away from Beijing’s position. By Kelsang Dolma, a recent Yale graduate who works at the Office of Tibet-DC.
What the United States Wants From Japan in Taiwan – FP, 10.05
Biden should be clear about potential wartime plans now or else risk being disappointed by delays in Tokyo. By Jeffrey W. Hornung, a political scientist at the RAND Corporation.
The World Might Want China’s Rules – FP, 4.05
Washington shouldn’t assume its values are more attractive to others than Beijing’s. – By Stephen M. Walt, the Robert and Renée Belfer professor of international relations at Harvard University.
Abandoning Taiwan Makes Zero Moral or Strategic Sense – FP, 3.05
There’s no case for ditching a long-time democratic ally. – By Blake Herzinger, a civilian Indo-Pacific defense policy specialist and U.S. Navy Reserve officer.
Sino-U.S. Competition Is Good for Climate Change Efforts – FP, 21.04
In a contentious international environment, superpowers can spur each other on. By Lauri Myllyvirta
China Doesn’t Pose an Existential Threat for America – FP, 21.04
Concerns over China’s rise are overblown. By Michael D. Swaine
China and Russia Turn Deeper Ties into a Military Challenge for Biden – FP, 20.04
“You face a two-front war where we don’t have a two front military,” said one former Trump official. By Jack Detsch, Amy Mackinnon
Războiul pentru Taiwan a început. Cine va câştiga: SUA sau China? – Alexandru Grumaz, 5.04
Biden Looks to Contain China—but Where’s the Asian NATO? – FP, 26.03
The United States needs a game plan for a continent that’s home to two-thirds of the world’s population and its biggest rival. By Jack Detsch
US-China relations: Turning crisis into opportunity? – CH, 26.03
There is a window of opportunity for both countries to find common ground.
Biden Administration ‘Tougher’ on China Issues Than Trump’s: Niall Ferguson – 23.03
- Niall Ferguson, Milbank Family senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and a Bloomberg Opinion columnist, discusses the disputes between the U.S. and China over Taiwan and other geopolitical issues.
Young People in China Are Losing Faith in the West – FP, 22.03
And that spells trouble for liberal democracy and Beijing’s relations with Washington. By Eyck Freymann, Brian Y.S. Wong
Why China Is America’s Hardest Foreign-Policy Problem – FP, 18.03
A new book on Trump’s failures underscores just how tough it is to get Beijing right. By Jonathan Tepperman
U.S. Seeks to Counter China’s Full-Court Press in Asia – FP, 17.03
Top U.S. officials on trip to Asia under pressure to push back on Taiwan and maritime disputes. By Jack Detsch
America Will Only Win When China’s Regime Fails – FP, 11.03
There are two possible outcomes of U.S.-China competition—but Washington should prepare for the more turbulent one. By Zack Cooper, Hal Brands
Getting the Quad Right Is Biden’s Most Important Job – FP, 10.03
The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue is the best hope for standing up to China. By James Mattis, Michael Auslin, Joseph Felter
China Is Losing Influence—and That Makes It Dangerous – FP, 3.03
The best thing Biden can do is lighten up on China and let gravity take its toll. By Salvatore Babones
Biden’s Pick for CIA Director Singles Out China as ‘Biggest Geopolitical Test’ – FP, 24.02
Bill Burns, a veteran diplomat, will helm the spy agency in an era of renewed great-power competition. By Amy Mackinnon, Robbie Gramer
The U.S.-Japan Alliance Should Pivot to China’s Human Rights Issues – FP, 22.02
Washington and Tokyo need a sharp focus in a challenging era. By Ayumi Teraoka, Elliot Silverberg, Charles Crabtree
State Department Lawyers Concluded Insufficient Evidence to Prove Genocide in China – FP, 19.02
Despite the Trump administration’s declaration of a genocide in Xinjiang, upheld by the Biden administration, some legal experts suspect China’s behavior may fall short of actual genocide. By Colum Lynch
Biden’s Trade Plans Will Boost China’s Power in Asia – FP, 16.02
Supporting the middle class at home and reasserting leadership abroad may be mutually exclusive, especially in Asia. By James Crabtree
China’s Potemkin Aviation Can’t Survive Without Washington’s Help – FP, 16.02
Biden has a hard choice to make regarding Trump’s limits on airliner tech. By Richard Aboulafia
Biden Must Keep Challenging China on Freedom of Navigation – FP, 16.02
The dispute around the South China Sea remains the most volatile and vital in U.S.-China relations. By Jeff M. Smith
Biden’s Pick for U.N. Ambassador Will Have to Juggle Containment and Collaboration With China – FP, 11.02
The administration is moving quickly to reassert U.S. leadership but needs Beijing’s support for major initiatives. By Colum Lynch
The United States and China Need to Cooperate—for the Planet’s Sake – FP, 3.02
Polling shows Americans want Biden to emphasize climate diplomacy with Beijing. By Julian Brave NoiseCat, Thom Woodroofe
Biden Should Dump the Trump Playbook on Trade With China – FP, 28.01
Washington should get back in the trade game and use it as leverage against Beijing. By Edward Alden
Will U.S.-China Relations Change Under Biden? – 20.01
- Kim Hoggard, a former U.S. government official, looks at the challenges the Biden administration faces in regard to domestic issues and the bilateral relations with China. Hogan served as White House assistant press secretary for President Ronald Reagan and as principal deputy assistant secretary of state for public affairs for President George H.W. Bush.
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.
China Issues Sanctions on Long List of Trump Officials – FP, 20.01
The announcement on the heels of Biden’s inauguration could be an attempt to gauge the new administration’s positions. By James Palmer
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.