In his October 4 speech on U.S.-China relations, Vice President Mike Pence underscored the Trump administration’s commitment to “reset America’s economic and strategic relationship with China,” reinforcing the administration’s move in its 2017 National Security Strategy to describe China as a “strategic competitor.” Tensions between Washington and Beijing continue to mount over issues ranging from trade and technology transfer to freedom of navigation and overflight to the future of Taiwan.
There has been less attention, however, to how ideology and values may shape U.S.-China competition.
On October 18, Brookings’s Project on International Order and Strategy, and the John L. Thornton China Center hosted a discussion of how ideology and values may intensify U.S.-China rivalry, particularly in the wake of significant shifts in U.S. policy, and developments in China, such as a push toward mass surveillance and piloting of a “social credit” system; well-documented reports of large-scale repression of the Uighur minority in Xinjiang province; and efforts to reshape the international human rights regime.
Foreign Policy at Brookings scholars Tarun Chhabra, Ryan Hass, and Ted Piccone wered joined by Hal Brands of the Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins SAIS and Emily Rauhala of the Washington Post. Following the conversation, the panelists took questions from the audience.
Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor - Henry A. Kissinger Center for International Studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS
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[On the ongoing trade negotiations] If we’re serious about resolving the core issues that the U.S. has with China, then this is going to be a way station that’s going to require a lot more continued focus by the administration for a number of months if not years.