Insight Into Chinese Foreign Policy
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  • Anthony

    WRM, are you suggesting that Washington continue to maintain policy of engagement but modify for real structural imperatives of international system vis-a-vis Northeast Asia without antagonistic behavior.

  • Keep in mind that an industrial revolution is one of the most traumatic experiences known to mankind. Tens or in this case hundreds of millions of people get bent out of shape, leading to all kinds of irrational social movements, an aggressive nationalism being the one we know best. When things go wrong, as they inevitably will, the complexion of a society can suddenly change.

  • Peter Thomas

    Your final paragraph is more revealing – others may disagree…That is precisely the struggle taking place right now within the elites + the new US pivot provides pressure for a more hardline response. More indicative than mere rhetoric was VP Xi’s declining to open up better lines of communication between the US and Chinese military on his trip to the US.

    Also, as an aside, why the use of “Jiechi” – that’s his chosen name. Yang is the family name. Seems a little friendly to be referring to him that way.

  • [to the editors: I recently came across the The Epoch Times, which claims to be an independent voice and is full of stories highly critical of what is going on inside the China.

    Not sure how to assess its credibility but in Wikipedia Orville Schell, dean of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, said in 2005 that “It’s hard to vouch for their quality because it’s difficult to corroborate, but it’s not something to be dismissed as pure propaganda.” Would be nice to get Mead’s opinion.]

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