Trump needs to look beyond illusory bargains with Russia and China and instead develop clear-eyed frameworks to manage bilateral disagreements and make progress on common policy objectives based on U.S. national security interests.
Both China and the United States need to address shared problems such as moderating rising income disparities, designing effective regulatory systems, and promoting innovation.
Chinese experts say that the country is beginning to take a more proactive approach to foreign affairs, and shifting from a focus of integrating into the international system to shaping it.
Rhetoric from U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has renewed discussions about a possible improvement of U.S.-Russia relations that has the potential to shift great-power dynamics in the Asia-Pacific.
Contrasting political systems and cultural norms have always made it difficult for China and the United States to work together. Ironically, with Presidents Trump and Xi, the potential for conflict is now greater not because of these differences but because of commonalities in their aspirations.
U.S.-China relations are at a crossroads as the two countries’ leaders assert each nation’s place as a global leader, but new opportunities for productive engagement may replace growing strategic competition.
The new administration should think carefully before moving forward with recent proposals about China and the U.S. role in Asia.
With time and the need to accumulate achievements, policy issues will depend less on personalities, though the president’s personality will remain important, than on working with enduring realities.
President-elect Trump will most likely be the single most important source of tensions—and potentially conflicts—between Beijing and Washington in the next four years.
A wise course of policy for the United States, China, and Taiwan would be to focus on what can be done to maintain the high quality status quo than challenge the fundamental values of each other.