Six years into his leadership, Xi Jinping has blended rigidity in his goals with flexibility and compromise in his tactics. Equally important, Xi has made efforts to broaden his power base, burnishing his image as the leader of the people by moving away from his previously strong ties with "princeling" elites.
Although the human rights situation in China remains dire, it would be a mistake to grow jaded about the prospects for change. Beijing’s increasing heavy-handedness is more a symptom of fear than strength, and the United States can still play an important role in encouraging China down a path toward greater freedoms for its people.
Are Southeast Asian nations being forced to choose between China and the United States on issues like infrastructure, trade, and security? In this episode of the Dollar and Sense podcast, host David Dollar interviews Jonathan Stromseth on this and other key issues facing the region.
On June 14, the John L. Thornton China Center will host Winston Lord, former U.S. ambassador to China, for the launch of his new book, “Kissinger on Kissinger: Reflections on Diplomacy, Grand Strategy, and Leadership.” Lord will share highlights from the project and insights from his many years of working with Henry Kissinger.
State Department official's comments draw rebuke. After Kiron Skinner, the director of the Office of Policy Planning at the State Department, seemed to characterize U.S.-China competition in racial terms earlier this month, Cheng Li told Newsweek that this framing was deeply misguided.
U.S. and China digging in heels over trade war. Efforts to reach a U.S.-China trade deal hit an impasse in early May, with the United States and China now appearing to gird themselves for a prolonged standoff. "We find ourselves stuck in this dilemma where both sides think they have leverage over the other, and neither appears willing to make the compromises necessary to reach a deal," Ryan Hass told PBS NewsHour. David Dollar echoed this view in an interview with the Associated Press: "I increasingly think that this is going to turn into a long-term trade conflict. We have to entertain the possibility that there is no deal."
Chinese reversals on trade signal domestic concerns? Part of the difficulty in resolving the trade dispute seems to be finding a way for both sides to resolve their disagreements without appearing timid before their respective publics. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Cheng Li explained that the latest developments in U.S.-China trade talks were a window into the psyche of China's political leaders.
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