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Unresolved: Face-Off with China

Unresolved: Face-off with China
The BriefGet Up To Speed

In our season opener, Gen. David Petraeus and military historian Max Boot sit down for a conversation about national security threats in the Trump era. Following this featured Q &A, our panel will focus on the most important strategic relationship of the twenty-first century: the United States and China. Is Donald Trump making China great again? Can the United States and China strike a deal to contain North Korea’s nuclear program? Is it time for the United States to start playing hardball with its trade policy? Breaking away from the traditional Oxford-style format, this debate will feature four experts from across the foreign policy spectrum to address these and other questions related to the geopolitical contest for global leadership.

  • Ian Bremmer

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    • Founder and President, Eurasia Group
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  • Elizabeth Economy

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    • Director for Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
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  • Noah Feldman

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    • Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
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  • David Shambaugh

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    • Professor of International Affairs & Director, China Policy Program, George Washington University
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Debater: Ian Bremmer

“If you want to be sure the near-term pain a trade battle would impose on U.S. workers will prove worthwhile in the long run, you'd better have allies—both political and military,” writes Ian Bremmer.  

Thursday, August 17, 2017

President Xi will be extremely sensitive to external challenges to his country's interests at a time when all eyes are on his leadership.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Debater: Elizabeth Economy

Is leadership on climate change really a strategic gift? Do the Chinese want it? And above all, do they merit it? The quick answer is no, no and no.

Monday, June 12, 2017

China may well emerge as the savior of globalization at some point in the future when its deeds better match its words, but global leadership has to be earned on merit, not simply granted in desperation and hope.

Sunday, January 22, 2017
Debater: David Shambaugh

With the Trump administration seemingly withdrawing its attention from Asia–to the unease of the region’s smaller nations–China will be the one to benefit. But can Beijing seize the day?

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The endgame of communist rule in China has begun, and Xi Jinping’s ruthless measures are only bringing the country closer to a breaking point.

Friday, March 6, 2015
Debater: Noah Feldman

Imposing United Nations sanctions on North Korea is the first major foreign policy success of the Donald Trump administration, writes Noah Feldman.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

While Trump turns the U.S. inward—and while the frozen U.S. political system can’t even agree on domestic public works spending—China is using infrastructure to assert global leadership, writes Noah Feldman.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
U.S.-China Relations

In pulling out of the Paris climate accord, Mr. Trump has created a vacuum of global leadership that presents ripe opportunities to allies and adversaries alike to reorder the world’s power structure, writes The Times’ David E. Sanger and Jane Perlez.

Thursday, June 1, 2017
David E. Sanger and Jane Perlez

China is a revisionist power, wanting to expand influence within the system. It is neither a revolutionary power bent on overthrowing things, nor a usurper, intent on grabbing global control.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

War would be disastrous for both sides, but that does not mean it cannot happen.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

The companion website for Graham Allison’s book, Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’ Trap?, offers supplementary materials well-suited for a classroom.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

“The United States has forgotten that money is a weapon. China hasn’t,” writes CFR Senior Fellow Robert Blackwill.

Monday, June 20, 2016
Robert Blackwill
North Korea
China's interest lies in ensuring a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula, and preventing the disruption of peace and security in Northeast Asia and the whole of the Asia Pacific.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Fu Ying
This 2016 Task Force Report proposes that the United States take steps to sharpen the consequences for North Korea, by imposing escalating costs on continued defiance and offering incentives for cooperation.


Sunday, September 25, 2016
Mike Mullen

China, rather than the United States, should be paying for North Korea to halt and roll back its nuclear and missile programs, write Jake Sullivan and Victor Cha.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Jake Sullivan and Victor Cha
Regional Dominance

“Without officially saying so, China hopes to impose a modern version of the Monroe Doctrine on its surrounding oceans,” writes China expert Howard French.

Thursday, July 13, 2017
Howard French

“With no indication that the Trump administration has plans to lead on trade and investment, China is busy stealing the mantle,” write CFR’s Ely Ratner and Samir Kumar.

Friday, May 12, 2017
Ely Ratner and Samir Kumar

“Granting the revisionist powers spheres of influence is not a recipe for peace and tranquility but rather an invitation to inevitable conflict,” writes Senior Fellow Robert Kagan.

Monday, February 6, 2017
Robert Kagan

China no longer accepts that America should be Asia-Pacific’s dominant naval power.

Saturday, October 17, 2015