Debate on US Policy Towards China

Tomorrow morning (Thursday) from 6 am to 8 am (Wednesday evening, 6 pm to 8 pm, Washington DC time), you may be interested in watching a webcast of a debate on US policy towards China to be held at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University. The debate will feature Jeffrey Bader of the Brookings Institution, who was until April this year the senior director for East Asian affairs on the National Security Council, for the Obama campaign and Aaron Friedberg, who served in the office of Vice President Dick Cheney from 2003 to 2005, for the Romney campaign. The webcast may be viewed here.


2 thoughts on “Debate on US Policy Towards China

  1. Michael

    I dare say it will be more substantive on China than what was served up in yesterday’s debate. Speaking of which, did anyone else think Bob Schieffer was trying to lead them into beating up on China with the way he packaged and phrased his one question on China – and for that matter the whole of Asia?

    SCHIEFFER: Let’s — let’s go to the next segment, because it’s a very important one. It is the rise of China and future challenges for America. I want to just begin this by asking both of you, and Mr. President, you — you go first this time.
    What do you believe is the greatest future threat to the national security of this country?

    Despite the leading question, Obama immediately said “terrorist networks” and when it was his turn Romney said “a nuclear Iran”.

  2. Ida Leung

    The suffering that China has endured in contemporary history is unspeakable. As a country, even though it was deeply imprinted by the Sinocentric mind-set for centuries, it was too weak to act aggressively on other nations, and certainly it has committed little sins in the plundering of weaker nations in the past 150 years. No doubt the Communist government has a lot of failings, but China and its people have paid a great price for the road to its current “success”.

    As stated in the US National Security Strategy 2010, “Time and again, our values have been our best national security asset… The United States supports the expansion of democracy and human rights abroad because … their success abroad fosters an environment that supports America’s national interest.” It is the values – the soft power that can really lead to changes. China needs more time to change. China still has a long road to go before it can really compete with the superpower that has dominated the world for so long.


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