Monday, October 17, 2005

The US-China Conversation

Two recent news stories highlight the ambivalence afflicting the Bush Administration in its dealings with China. The first report points made by Robert Zoellick and his team in an ongoing strategic dialog with China - the message here is that China must become a great deal more transparent if it expects to defuse anxieties about its growing power. The second report describes an ongoing dialog on economic issues where the United States is asking for fairly detailed changed in the management of China's economy in order to produce a more balanced regime of economic relations. So there you have it: at one end a rising security anxiety and at the other end an increasingly intimate economic relationship. The contrast with the Cold War is striking.

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