U.S.-China Relations: Key Strategic Issues in 2008
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During the last year there have been a number of significant events with potential impact on U.S.-China relations.
The U.S. Presidential campaign, the change of political leadership in Taiwan, Iran’s nuclear program, the six-party negotiations on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, and emergence of new political leadership in Japan will shape not only the U.S.-China relationship but the international environment. China and the United States have similar perspectives on some of these events but differing ones on others.
The Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy held a public discussion with four visiting American experts on these key issues.
Jeffrey A. Bader
Nonresident Senior Fellow - Foreign Policy, John L. Thornton China Center
Richard C. Bush
Nonresident Senior Fellow - Foreign Policy, Center for East Asia Policy Studies, John L. Thornton China Center
Kenneth M Pollack
Former Brookings Expert
Resident Scholar - AEI
Alan D. Romberg
Distinguished Fellow and Director, East Asia Program, The Henry L. Stimson Center
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The upshot is an environment in which the leaders of the world’s most powerful democracies have to engage with an ever more challenging world, even as they’re on shaky ground at home. This can fuel doubts among our allies and overconfidence among our adversaries, and leave us all more vulnerable as a result.