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The Recent U.S. Policy Towards China Is Productive

China Trade
The BriefGet Up To Speed

The United States is cracking down on China in an attempt to create a more favorable balance of trade. Other concerns include continuing Chinese thefts of intellectual property and the imposition of technology transfer requirements to do business in China. The U.S. seeks to frustrate China’s program to achieve dominance in a range of advanced technologies. And it wants to cripple Huawei, the telecoms giant, which it sees as a potential security threat. 

Both parties have instituted punitive tariffs, and both are feeling the impact. China is struggling to maintain its growth rate, yet is still projecting strength as a social, political, and economic leader on the world stage by building ports and bridges all over the world and developing military technology capable of denying the U.S. access to the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait. If successful, Beijing’s ambitious projects and advanced AI and cyber weapons could put Washington on its heels.  

Are recent U.S. policies tough and focused enough to achieve key economic and strategic objectives? Or will U.S. policy escalate tensions too much, ultimately reducing the chances that the world’s two major powers can achieve a sensible accommodation? 

  • Michael Pillsbury

    5 Items
    • Senior Fellow & Director for Chinese Strategy, Hudson Institute
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    "'There was a major breakdown 6 weeks ago. The talks really faced extinction at that point. They were taking back a lot of major points they were refusing to go further on the enforcement mechanism. And so that was a pretty bleak situation,' he said. 'I think what had to happen is...President Xi's team made clear...that he [needed] something on Huawei at this meeting. He also needed to have the tariffs at least not imposted at this meeting. Otherwise he would be saying no to any further talks. That's what President Trump did. It's a brilliant stroke. The president deserves a lot of credit.'"


    Monday, July 1, 2019
     "Michael Pillsbury, director for Chinese strategy at the Hudson Institute, a conservative think tank in Washington, said he applied for a visa with the Chinese Embassy in Washington on March 22 but failed to get approval to attend the conference last Sunday, which was organized by a research institute in Beijing. 
    Mr. Pillsbury said that when he raised the issue with a Chinese Communist Party official he knows, the official pointed to a recent New York Times article that said counterintelligence officials at the F.B.I. had been canceling the long-term visas of some Chinese scholars."
    Thursday, April 18, 2019

    In a Munk Debates event on May 30, 2019, Michael Pillsbury gives his view on China's position as a world leader in surveillance. 

    Thursday, May 30, 2019

    "China announced that it will raise tariffs on $60 billion in U.S. goods, after the U.S. raised duties on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. Hudson Institute’s Michael Pillsbury reacts to the trade dispute."

    Monday, May 13, 2019

    "What will be US President Trump’s policy on China? How will China-US ties go after he takes office? Many have started to worry as his foreign policy has been unpredictable. CGTN's Tian Wei interviewed a US policy hardliner on China, Mr. Michael Pillsbury, who is a consultant at the US Department of Defence. He has been studying China since the 1970s and has served as a high-ranking government official in previous administrations. Though he says he’s not going to join Trump’s team of advisers, he believes the new US president will do a great job." 

    Sunday, January 22, 2017
  • Kori Schake

    6 Items
    • Deputy Director-General, International Institute for Strategic Studies
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    "Our own behavior is chewing into our margin for error and probably remains a stronger indicator of our fate than any choices made by China."

    Monday, March 5, 2018

    "The president’s approach is different than his predecessors’—but that doesn’t mean it’s working."

    Monday, May 20, 2019

    "When Pax Britannica gave way to Pax Americana, the transition was peaceful. A repeat is unlikely, says the author of ‘Safe Passage.’"

    Friday, February 9, 2018

    "Kori Schake, deputy director-general at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, discusses the future of U.S. foreign policy and her recent Foreign Affairs article, “Back to Basics: How to Make Right What Trump Gets Wrong,” with James M. Lindsay."

    "A scholar of war and international policy, Hoover Research Fellow Kori Schake takes us around the world as powers shift and China rises. "

    Tuesday, May 30, 2017

    A panel at the Aspen Ideas Festival takes up the question of what’s next in the Trump administration’s push for an America First agenda, and where such profound changes leave America in the world. 

    Tuesday, June 26, 2018
For the Motion

"But the Trump administration is the first one in decades to tell China that the status quo is broken. What China watchers should be doing is building on that insight, and not returning to promises of a kinder, gentler policy that wouldn’t have worked in the 1940s and won’t work today."

Tuesday, July 9, 2019
John Pomfret

"The president's trade war is bringing Beijing to heel."

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Greg Autry

“The U.S. is in a strong negotiating position because of its large trade imbalance.”

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Mark Louchheim
Against the Motion

"We are deeply concerned about the growing deterioration in U.S. relations with China," say the signatories of a letter to President Trump and the Congress. 

Wednesday, July 3, 2019
M. Taylor Fravel, J. Stapleton Roy, Michael D. Swaine, Susan A. Thornton & Ezra Vogel

"We should be more worried about China’s export of totalitarianism than consumer products."

Friday, May 24, 2019
Mona Charen

"The U.S.-China relationship is confronting its most daunting challenge in the forty years since normalization of relations. Current trends portend steadily worsening relations over the long term and the threat of an even more dangerous decline in the relationship demands serious corrective measures."

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Michael D. Swaine
Trade, Tariffs & The TPP

"Economy grew by 6.2% in the second quarter as U.S. and businesses held back from making big investments amid trade tensions."

Monday, July 15, 2019
Chao Deng

"As China and the U.S. drift apart, a new pattern of global relations may be emerging."

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Michael Schuman

"The U.S. and China are engaged in much more than a trade tiff. This is nothing less than a struggle to redefine the rules governing the economic and power relations of the world’s oldest and newest superpowers."

Thursday, May 3, 2018
Thomas Friedman

"Defensive protectionism will not meet the China challenge; only domestic revival can do that."

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Tom Donilon

"American companies are now starting to understand that, deal or no deal, the friction between Washington and Beijing will continue."

Monday, June 17, 2019
Gordon G. Chang

"The president’s tough rhetoric plays into Chinese economic nationalism."

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Kevin Rudd

"Trump has long been a critic of the trade agreement, but he has had a sometimes-complicated relationship with it over the past three years. Here's a timeline."

Friday, April 13, 2018
Adam Taylor
Huawei & Security Risks

"The Trump administration says the mere potential for Beijing to influence the Chinese technology giant Huawei is enough to justify a law passed last year restricting federal agencies’ business with the company."

Friday, July 5, 2019
Raymond Zhong

"Chinese spies are increasingly recruiting U.S. intelligence officers as part of a widening, sustained campaign to shake loose government secrets."

Sunday, April 28, 2019
Aruna Viswanatha & Dustin Volz

"Ren Zhengfei’s company should be celebrated as a triumph of the U.S.-led global trading system."

Monday, May 20, 2019
George Gilder

"But the executive order misses a critical problem: our networks already contain equipment from Huawei — lots of it. The Federal Communications Commission must find this equipment and work with other policymakers to fix the security problems and fund a solution for affected carriers."

Sunday, May 26, 2019
Geoffrey Starks

"Huawei does pose a threat to U.S. security, but that is not the only reason for Washington’s assault on the company. Rather, the moves are a gambit in a larger battle over the future of the digital world."

Thursday, July 11, 2019
Adam Segal
Intellectual Property Theft

"United States President Donald Trump’s justification for imposing tariffs on imports from China includes the alleged theft of American intellectual property."

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Grant Clark

"Theft of intellectual property by Chinese companies is a major point of contention between the Trump administration and Chinese government."

Friday, March 1, 2019
Eric Rosenbaum
South China Sea & Taiwan Strait

"Today, with tension again running high, Washington still backs Taiwan. Chinese President Xi Jinping on January 2 renewed Beijing’s longstanding threat to use force if necessary to restore mainland control over the island. But the United States is now sending much more muted signals of support."

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
David Lague & Benjamin Kang Lim

"A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons."

Monday, July 15, 2019
Associated Press

"China held military drills off the coast of Taiwan as tensions rise between Beijing and Washington over US support for the island that China views as a part of its territory."

Monday, July 15, 2019
Ben Westcott

"China has been investing heavily in its military modernisation, with one of the focuses on the research and development of next-generation weapons and equipment."

Monday, December 23, 2019
Liu Zhen
Human Rights

"New Evidence is emerging that the Chinese campaign to exterminate the culture and traditions of Turkic Muslim people, chiefly Uighurs, in the Xinjiang region also includes a generation of children and young people."

Saturday, July 13, 2019
Editorial Board of The Washington Post

"Ambassadors of 37 states from Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America praised China’s “contribution to the international human rights cause” in the letter sent to the UN's Human Rights Council."

Saturday, July 13, 2019
Nick Cumming-Bruce

"I lived in China, speak Chinese and deeply admire the country. Yet I am increasingly repulsed by Xi’s China, for he is dragging the country in the wrong direction."

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Nicholas Kristof