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(Opinion) What's Wrong With US-China Relations?

2015-05-16 10:07:17       source:The Diplomat

By Shannon Tiezzi

May 15, 2015

"Those interested in China, particularly on a foreign policy front, have likely noticed a burgeoning debate in the United States over how best to deal with China's "assertive" behavior in the South China Sea, cyber space, and elsewhere. Today's links round-up pulls together the various pieces of the debate, which will have enormous consequences for the Asia-Pacific and the world.

The long-simmering debate heated up when Robert Blackwill and Ashley Tellis argued in a new report that "Washington needs a new grand strategy toward China that centers on balancing the rise of Chinese power rather than continuing to assist its ascendancy." Blackwill and Tellis summed up their 54-page report in an April 2015 article for the National Interest. The crux of their argument is that Washington's attempts to integrate China into the international order have damaged U.S. interests - instead, the United States should seek to balance China (they are careful to avoid arguing for outright containment), for example by strengthening regional alliances."

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