How to Understand the United States and China

Can Beijing and Washington Peacefully Coexist?

The China Reckoning

by Kurt M. Campbell and Ely Ratner

Washington has an outsize sense of its ability to determine China’s course, yet both carrots and sticks have failed to sway Beijing as predicted. That reality warrants a rethinking of U.S. China policy.

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Did America Get China Wrong?

by Wang Jisi; J. Stapleton Roy; Aaron Friedberg; Thomas Christensen and Patricia Kim; Joseph S. Nye, Jr.; Eric Li; Kurt M. Campbell and Ely Ratner

Experts respond to Kurt M. Campbell and Ely Ratner’s “The China Reckoning.” Should underlying assumptions about the U.S.-Chinese relationship be reassessed? If so, what does this mean for U.S. policy toward Beijing?

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The Stealth Superpower

by Oriana Skylar Mastro

China does not want to replace the United States at the top of the international system. It wants to alter global norms and institutions—and have the power to counter Washington when needed. 

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The Age of Uneasy Peace

by Yan Xuetong

The question is not whether a bipolar U.S.-Chinese order will come to be but what this order will look like. At least for now, confrontation will play out in economic and technological, rather than military, realms. 

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China’s New Revolution

by Elizabeth C. Economy

Xi Jinping has consolidated his personal power and accelerated a shift toward a more activist foreign policy. For the first time, China is an illiberal state seeking leadership in a liberal world order.

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How China Sees America

by Andrew J. Nathan and Andrew Scobell

The United States worries about China’s rise, but at the same time policymakers in Beijing puzzle over whether the United States intends to use its power to help or hurt China.

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Autocracy With Chinese Characteristics

by Yuen Yuen Ang

Since opening its markets in 1978, China has used bureaucratic reform to maintain single-party control while reaping the benefits of capitalism. But under Xi Jinping, the limits of this approach are beginning to loom large.

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The Future of U.S.-Chinese Relations

by Henry A. Kissinger

A contest for supremacy between China and the United States is not inevitable. Beijing and Washington owe it to themselves, and the world, to resist the forces pushing them toward conflict.

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