US can no longer compel China to do its bidding

by David M Lampton/  10 December 2017/ Financial Review

On entering office, US President Donald Trump put several contentious issues with China on the backburner in the hope of achieving his primary goal — North Korea’s denuclearisation. When that failed, the  frontburner of US–China relations became crowded with previously repressed issues.

Several of these — US freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea, talk of steel and aluminium tariffs, weapons sales to Taiwan, threats to tighten technology and investment flows as well as secondary sanctions on Chinese entities — threaten to become serious problems if not managed in a more careful manner than the Trump administration is currently demonstrating.

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What we know about China’s strategy when it comes to U.S.-China economic relations

By Claire Reade | August 2, 2017 on CSIS.org

July 16, 2017, marked the final deadline under the highly publicized Donald Trump–Xi Jinping 100-day action plan for resolving key U.S.-China trade issues, a major outcome of the two presidents’ April 2017 meeting in Florida. Intensive, results-oriented negotiations on a small set of specific issues were supposed to transform how effectively the United States and China would be able to solve problems. But that did not happen. Continue reading “What we know about China’s strategy when it comes to U.S.-China economic relations”

Trump could be on the brink of starting a trade war with China

 by David Dollar and Ryan Hass, August 9, 2017/ Brookings

President Trump is expected to direct the U.S. Trade Representative to open a 301 investigation into China’s violation of U.S. intellectual property rights, especially through forced technology transfer. This signals a tougher trade stance on the part of the administration, but it will be some months before it is clear how serious U.S. actions will be. Continue reading “Trump could be on the brink of starting a trade war with China”

US policy challenges in the Asia-Pacific

by Ankit Panda / 31 July 2017 / IISS Voices

Security trends in Asia in the first six months of 2017 appeared to emphasise that challenges first identified in 2016 would persist and intensify for regional states. However, one important new variable was introduced to the mix. The Trump administration has left Asian countries – US allies, partners and adversaries alike – unsure of what to expect. Indeed, a hallmark of the new president’s diplomatic style is embracing unpredictability. In the meantime, threats continue to intensify across the region. Continue reading “US policy challenges in the Asia-Pacific”

Trump Hands the Chinese a Gift: The Chance for Global Leadership

 WASHINGTON — President Trump has managed to turn America First into America Isolated.

In pulling out of the Paris climate accord, Mr. Trump has created a vacuum of global leadership that presents ripe opportunities to allies and adversaries alike to reorder the world’s power structure. His decision is perhaps the greatest strategic gift to the Chinese, who are eager to fill the void that Washington is leaving around the world on everything from setting the rules of trade and environmental standards to financing the infrastructure projects that give Beijing vast influence. Continue reading “Trump Hands the Chinese a Gift: The Chance for Global Leadership”

Facing facts at the Shangri-La Dialogue

30 May 2017 / by Hugh White, ANU / EAF

Each year, the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore provides a platform for Washington to affirm the United States’ strategic commitment to Asia, strengthen US regional leadership and push back against China’s encroachments. And it gives US friends and allies in Asia an opportunity to line up in support. Continue reading “Facing facts at the Shangri-La Dialogue”

How China has become America’s equal, as showcased at a Harvard forum

by Robert Delaney / 25 April, 2017/ SCMP

On the campus of Harvard Business School this past weekend there was little doubt among corporate leaders and investors gathered for an annual conference that China had arrived as an equal to the United States. Continue reading “How China has become America’s equal, as showcased at a Harvard forum”

Trump’s protectionism leaves the world open to Chinese global expansion

by Toh Han Shih / global-is-asian.nus.edu.sg

Since taking the helm, Trump has pulled the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, leaving the world open to further Chinese economic expansion. China’s rise on the international stage is also buttressed by the blistering growth of its investments and infrastructure projects around the world. Continue reading “Trump’s protectionism leaves the world open to Chinese global expansion”