Tuesday, November 15, 2005

USCC issues 2005 report

The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission was created by the United States Congress in 2000 to monitor, investigate, and submit to congress an annual report on the national security implications of the bilateral trade and economic relationship between the United States and the People's Republic of China, and to provide recommendations, where appropriate, to Congress for legislative and administrative action. For more background on the commission see here.
I would be remiss if I did not note that our colleague Arthur Waldron has served a two year term on the commission.
Last week the commission released its annual report for 2005. The report adds to the general and growing unease in the US about Chinese power and intentions which we have discussed often on these pages and also bemoans the lack of a clear national strategy on the part of the United States. Among its specific concerns I was interested to see the rising worry about the difficulties of defending Taiwan and the recognition that the altered global energy landscape creates more stress. On the former, the recommendation that senior US military personnel be permitted to visit Taiwan to better plan for conflictual contingencies, seems eminently sensible. The current situation where there is significant sentiment in both Taiwan and the United States that the other is not serious about Taiwan's defense is not conducive to maintaining the status quo. On the latter, there is evidence that Chinaitselff needs to get real about energy prices as discussed here by James Hamilton.

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