Former Financial Times bureau chief in Beijing and Washington and Kissinger Institute Fellow, Richard McGregor reviews 'Crouching Tiger', by Peter Navarro
Whether bullying or flattering the top leader, China’s bureaucracy always has its own interests at heart.
Robert Daly writes that, whether through sanctions or dialogue, the United States should be prepared to act with and without China.
The people of Taiwan have once again demonstrated the vitality and vibrancy of their democracy. Congratulations to President-elect Tsai Ing-wen and the other successful candidates in the election held earlier today.
The year in U.S.-China relations concluded as it started—in the uncertain afterglow of an Obama-Xi summit that stressed cooperation and delivered agreements on cybersecurity, climate change, and military encounters. Although the September 2015 meeting appeared to stem further deterioration in mutual perceptions, mistrust between governments and citizens continues to shackle the relationship.
China’s stock market is making headlines in the early days of 2016. While economic issues will continue to be an important focus, Kissinger Institute Director Robert Daly provides a preview of what else we might expect in the realm of U.S.–China relations in the new year.
The recent terror attacks in Paris, Beirut, and Sinai are profound tragedies and have massive security and economic consequences around the world. With a broad focus on global issues and deep expertise in key regions, the Wilson Center is uniquely positioned to provide a wide-angle view. In this publication of original essays by Wilson Center experts representing every corner of the globe, we work to give context to breaking news. As the story continues to unfold, our analysts will update this collection with new perspectives on the key emerging issues. In trying times, we hope you find our insights useful.
China’s sympathetic response toward the Paris attacks is tempered by its reluctance to engage more closely in Middle Eastern affairs, but longer-term political and economic considerations may complicate its policy of noninvolvement.
The glow from September’s Obama-Xi summit faded as the USS Lassen made its way through the South China Sea on a Freedom of Navigation (FON) patrol last month. Just as the fifth plenary session of the 18th Communist Party Central Committee kicked off in Beijing, the guided missile destroyer sailed within 12 nautical miles of artificial islands built by China. Beijing warned the U.S. that if it continued to “create tensions in the region,” China might “increase and strengthen the building up of our relevant abilities.” General Secretary Xi stated in September that “China does not intend to pursue militarization” in the South China Sea, but China’s netizens are calling for a military response to the American challenge.
"If this meeting is historic, it is for a different reason: it is a chance to say farewell to Ma, who will most likely be the last president elected in Taiwan who still has a “one-China” mentality. This meeting is a farewell to the old tradition and paradigm of cross-Strait relations," writes Zheng Wang.