U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Asia in April 2014 underscored the importance of the U.S.-China relationship one year after the landmark U.S.-China Summit at the Sunnylands estate.
Contradictions in Chinese and U.S. policies and actions in the Asia-Pacific lead to growing mistrust and misunderstanding in a vital region of the world.
Chinese President Xi Jinping is pursing a more active approach to solving global and regional issues, with “Chinese characteristics.”
While the United States cannot and should not necessarily defer to all of China's core interests, it must recognize that China’s desire to have greater control over its immediate environment in the Western Pacific is a fundamental underlying issue in the bilateral relationship.
The United States and Japan must strike a delicate balance between improving their ability to anticipate and respond to crises and being perceived as attempting to contain China or remilitarize northeast Asia.
China and the United States share common goals on nuclear security and should not let other tensions in the bilateral relationship disrupt their multilateral cooperation on this important issue.
China and the United States share an interest in addressing North Korean nuclear proliferation. A failure of Beijing’s or Washington’s North Korea policy should be viewed as a collective failure.
Americans often criticize China for enabling North Korean nuclear proliferation, but from Beijing’s perspective, their peaceful development approach to Pyongyang’s defiance is less costly and more effective than U.S. pressure.
While the West accuses Putin of dealing with Ukraine over the barrel of a gun, Russians largely commend his role in helping Crimea make the right historical choice, in their view, to side with Russia.
In the lead up to Crimea’s referendum to join Russia, experts discuss the Ukrainians’ true aspirations, Putin’s thinking, the West’s leverage, and the impact of the Ukraine crisis on the Russia-China relationship.