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Debating China: The U.S.-China Relationship in Ten Conversations [Format Kindle]

Nina Hachigian

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These fascinating conversations between leading Chinese and American experts constitute a highly accessible and informative guide to the state of the most important diplomatic relationship in the contemporary world. (Francis Fukuyama, Stanford University)

Readers of Debating China will feel as if they are participating in high-level Track II diplomacy, the quasi-official efforts of former government officials, foreign policy experts, and interested stakeholders to help two governments come closer together. The exchanges between prominent Americans and their Chinese counterparts are not always reassuring, but they are stimulating, important, and rare. (Anne-Marie Slaughter)

This is a dynamite concept extremely well-executed. I can give it two of my highest accolades: I'm finding it hard to stop reading and I'm planning to use it as required reading for my class next semester. (Harry Harding, University of Virginia, Dean of Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, Professor of Public Policy and Politics)

Présentation de l'éditeur

America and China are the two most powerful players in global affairs, and no relationship is more consequential. How they choose to cooperate and compete affects billions of lives. But U.S.-China relations are complex and often delicate, featuring a multitude of critical issues that America and China must navigate together. Missteps could spell catastrophe. In Debating China, Nina Hachigian pairs American and Chinese experts in collegial letter exchanges that illuminate this multi-dimensional and complex relationship. These fascinating conversations-written by highly respected scholars and former government officials from the U.S. and China-provide an invaluable dual perspective on such crucial issues as trade and investment, human rights, climate change, military dynamics, regional security in Asia, and the media, including the Internet. The engaging dialogue between American and Chinese experts gives readers an inside view of how both sides see the key challenges. Readers bear witness to the writers hopes and frustrations as they explore the politics, values, history, and strategic frameworks that inform their positions. This unique volume is perfect for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of U.S.-China relations today.

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  • Editeur : Oxford University Press; Édition : 1 (18 décembre 2013)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Must-Read For All Curious People! 2 janvier 2014
Par Robert C. Adler - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
If you want to read only one book about the US-China perceptions of one another on the most important issues that will affect the entire world for many future generations, read this book! Though anyone with even a casual interest in the US-China debate should read this, it is written for everyone. Nina Hachigian paired a China and US expert for each major issue and set them free to present their candid responses to what Hachigian wrote as "Framing Questions." It was a creative way to discover just how and what each country and, more importantly its people, thinks of one another in terms of global intentions and trustworthiness. I found these conversations so informative and engaging, it was difficult to stop reading. Each time I felt confident supporting a stated response, I then read the counterargument and quickly gained a respect for the struggle facing both sides. This book reiterates there are two sides to every argument. Hachigian's outstanding experts did not pull punches. There is very little feel-good diplomatic speak. This book made me feel like a fly on the wall inside a room with only the top China and US leaders speaking their true feelings about the most important issues that can only be resolved by our two countries. No press, no U Tube. Move over CNN......this is the real story.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Breath of Fresh Air 21 janvier 2014
Par Misha Rasovich - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Let’s face it: when it comes to foreign policy, the US often talks but forgets to listen. Time and again we’re so busy telling other countries and peoples how the world works, that we don't quite get around to hearing how their world actually works - according to them. The resulting list of devastating foreign affairs ‘surprises’ is a long one, and would read like a comedy of errors, if IEDs or Vietnamese Boat Refugees were funny. This is why I sometimes get a little depressed when I try to follow the national debate on China. The US relationship with China is probably the single most important foreign policy issue of the 21st century. It is fraught with uncertainties. Yet our politicians (and many experts) talk about it with such certainty, that I keep seeing flashes of Robert McNamara and Dick Cheney. I keep thinking, ‘Great, but how do the Chinese feel about this?’ and ‘Talk less, listen more.’
This is where Nina Hachigian’s book ‘Debating China’ comes in.
If you, like me, want to know what the Chinese are thinking: Nina Hachigian has pulled together ten high-level Chinese experts, and lets them have their say, on issues that stretch from Intellectual Property Rights to Taiwan to Climate Change to Human Rights. (I know: ten falls a little short of 1.351 billion, but it’s a start.) And if you want to have the Chinese views put in perspective by American experts, well, Hachigian provides you with ten of those as well. She presents, in other words, a high-level dialogue, a back-and-forth, and it’s the breath of fresh air the debate on China desperately needs. It should be required reading for anyone in international affairs. I keep thinking: what if there had been a ‘Debating Iraq’ in 2002? Or a ‘Debating Vietnam’ in 1964? Or… Well, you get the picture. Read it, and pass the word.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Why don't we see this format more often? 16 janvier 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book takes the critical - yet strangely unusual - step of framing US/China issues as a dialogue where both sides are usually smart, well-informed, and well-intentioned. The letters are individually fascinating (and sometimes disturbing). Cumulatively, they provide the hope that with thoughtful people on both sides talking to each other, there is the possibility of forward progress. The author's comments and background make clear that she understands the nuances of US/China relations, but for much of the book she is smart enough to listen with us as the contributing correspondents speak for themselves.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Quite Interesting 28 mars 2014
Par Loyd Eskildson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The U.S. is by far the biggest market for Chinese exports and has been a huge source of modern technology for China over more than three decades. The astonishing growth of China over that period would have been inconceivable without the U.S. connection. This has come at a cost for many Americans - wages have stagnated, along with tax collections. China has now listed 35 high-tech industries in which it is determined to push its producers to the global frontier, and has amassed foreign currency reserves of over $3.5 trillion.

Americans have moved from a policy of engaging China to frustration because it refuses to play the Americans' game - both in the economic and foreign policy spheres. China definitely has not signed onto 'American exceptionalism,' nor its turn towards 'China containment.' China sees the U.S. as the only superpower for the next 20 years, but its ability to control international affairs as already decreasing - especially after its disastrous forays into Iraq and Afghanistan, withdrawing from the Kyoto Protocol, massive cyber-spying on even friendly nations, and failing to join the U.N. on the Law of the Sea.

Yet, despite its enormous growth, China is still poor (88th in per capita GDP) vs. the U.S. China has become the first poor country with the title of second largest power in the world. Co-author Nina Hachigian pairs leading scholars from the U.S. and China about key aspects of relations between the two nations, including traded/investment, economic development, monetary policy, climate change and clean energy, and political systems.

Until the mid-1990s, China earned over half of its foreign currency through exports of raw materials such as coal, oil, grain, etc. In the 1970s, China also exported oil to the U.S. No longer. Demand for resources by the U.S. and China are staggering, especially within China. In 2011, China consumed 485 of the world's zinc production, 50% of lead and copper, and 45% of aluminum. China also is the world's largest importer of oil. In 2010, China consumed almost half the world's pork, one-third of its rice supplies, and one-fourth of its soybeans. On the other hand, 28% of China's energy goes into making products for export - China actually is 85% self-reliant in terms of total energy supply.

With government political and financial support, Chinese companies often undertake projects other multinationals consider too risky - investing in Sudan, in Zambian copper mines that have not been operational for over a decade, and a nickel mine in New Guinea that others regarded as unprofitable. U.S. imports of natural resources, while still large, have declined as it has shifted away from manufacturing.

Beijing also earns diplomatic points for supporting infrastructure development in other nations - better enabling Chinese companies to transport their resources and the local nations ability to develop; examples include Venezuela, Cambodia, Ghana, the Democratic Republic of Congo. China is now the world's largest developer of dams - about 70% of current construction. China is also seen as moving much faster than Western governments - it doesn't hold meetings about environmental impact, human rights, and/or governance. On the other hand, its poor environmental and safety practices have caused conflicts with locals, as well as its preference for importing Chinese labor for massive projects.

On the U.S. side, sanctions on doing business have left natural resource and oil companies at a significant disadvantage vs. countries (including China) that have not done so - eg. Iran, Sudan. Many developing countries also accuse the U.S. of tying aid to particular political allies or using aid as a reward of punishments.

The crown jewel of American capitalism has now become its financial sector. That sector caused the financial crisis and still contributes to the nation's current account deficit. Meanwhile, our political system is mired in gridlock/ideology.

On the military side, Americans wonder why China has modernized and continues to spend so much on its military when its environment has gotten more peaceful. The Chinese, in turn, ask why the U.S. spends so much more on its military every year.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Sheer irreconcilable differences between US and Chinese basic values and perceptions 23 mai 2014
Par Gerrit van der Wees - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book represents a comprehensive exchange between US and Chinese scholars on a broad range of issues, and clearly shows the wide gap existing between the two sides on basic values and policies. Kudos to Hachigian for bringing this exchange about and for the rigorous and systematic fashion in which she organized the debate.

What becomes increasingly clear as one reads through the book is that sheer irreconcilable differences exist between the basic values and perceptions of the two sides. Virtually all Chinese scholars perceive the US as standing in the way of China’s rise to prominence and a leadership position in the region, if not the world.

Two of the sharpest exchanges are between Columbia University professor Andrew Nathan and Chinese scholar Zhou Qi (on “Political Systems, Rights and Values”), and between Christopher Twomey of the US Naval Postgraduate School and Xu Hui of China’s National Defense University (on “Military Developments”).

Nathan emphasizes the universality of human rights and discusses how under the current system in China these rights are systematically violated at every political level, from the Party to the police, to the state security ministry. Ms. Zhou counters that China is striving to ensure communal rights and freedoms, and that in the process individual freedoms cannot be a focus yet.

In the chapter on military developments Twomey and Mr. Xu clash on the need for China’s major military buildup during the past two decades. Twomey argues that China is not threatened by outside forces, and states that the US pivot / rebalancing occurred in response to China’s provocative moves against its neighbors in the East China Sea (Senkakus) and South China Sea.

We would be amiss if we did not comment on the chapter on Taiwan and Tibet, in which Jia Qingguo of Peking University and Alan Romberg of the Stimson Center are the discussants. As expected Professor Jia does toe the Beijing government line and presents the case for unification along the lines of Hong Kong and Macao as inevitable.

Romberg does set him straight on a number of points, explaining that the policies followed by the Beijing government are not winning the hearts and mind of the people in Taiwan, and that in any case few people in Taiwan feel any sense of political affinity with China: they feel that they have earned their own place and role in the world, and overwhelmingly reject unification.

However, a drawback of this chapter is that Romberg does betray his political colors and his alignment with the positions of the ruling Kuomintang in Taiwan. It would have been good of Hachigian would have found a commentator with a more objective stance in that respect.

Many other chapters are worth reading, but let me close by focusing on one overall perspective prompted by former Assistant Secretary Jim Steinberg’s observation at the end of the book. In his closing remarks Steinberg argues that to dispel the mutual mistrust there is a need for “strategic reassurance”: concrete steps that explicitly address each other’s source of misgiving, especially, but not exclusively on matters of security.

The fundamental problem with this approach is that it treats the US-China relationship as a kind of “dual exceptionalism”: the concerns / interests of the two major powers tend to get higher priority, to the detriment of the interests of other players in the region. And those other players are democratic allies of the United States, such as Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines.

A much more constructive approach would be to discuss, and deal with, the concerns and interests against the background of a broader picture, in which regional interests and the rights of the smaller players are protected, and deals between the US and China at the expense of others are avoided.

In conclusion: an important and multifaceted work that presents excellent insights into the profound differences between US and Chinese values and perspectives. Highly recommended.
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