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Two portraits of men side by side. On the left is Joe Biden, on the right is Xi Jinping


Analysis & Opinions - The Wall Street Journal

Xi Jinping’s Reach Exceeds His Grasp

| Aug. 12, 2022

China believes that the U.S.’s longtime One China policy is evolving into a One China, One Taiwan policy. That’s not an accurate reading of the American view on Taiwan, argues Kevin Rudd, but it explains why China is now signaling more clearly than ever its willingness to attack. I have long argued that the geopolitical disaster of a war between the U.S. and China need not be inevitable. That remains my view, Rudd writes—if both sides adopt some basic strategic guardrails. But for the foreseeable future, it’s time for all of us to fasten our seat belts.

Photo of cover of the book "The Avoidable War?"

Hachette Book Group

Book - Hachette Book Group

The Avoidable War?

| Apr. 05, 2022

In his new book, The Avoidable War?, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd demystifies the actions of the U.S. and China, explaining and translating them for the benefit of the other. Geopolitical disaster is still avoidable, but only if these two giants can find a way to coexist without betraying their core interests through what Rudd calls “managed strategic competition.” Should they fail, down that path lies the possibility of a war that could rewrite the future of both countries, and the world.

Photo of Chinese President Xi Jinping gesturing as he delivers a speech at a ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Chinese Communist Party at Tiananmen Gate in Beijing Thursday, July 1, 2021.

(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Analysis & Opinions - The Wall Street Journal

What Explains Xi’s Pivot to the State?

| Sep. 19, 2021

Something is happening in China that the West doesn’t understand. In recent months Beijing killed the country’s $120 billion private tutoring sector and slapped hefty fines on tech firms Tencent and Alibaba. Chinese executives have been summoned to the capitol to “self-rectify their misconduct” and billionaires have begun donating to charitable causes in what President Xi Jinping calls “tertiary income redistribution.” China’s top six technology stocks have lost more than $1.1 trillion in value in the past six months as investors scramble to figure out what is going on.

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- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

International Council Event Explores “The U.S.-China Rivalry in Five Dimensions”

The International Council is a prestigious group of senior business leaders and former government officials who care deeply about—and financially support—the Belfer Center’s mission to advance research, ideas, and leadership for a more secure, peaceful world. As part of a Center-wide effort to strengthen our community’s diversity, the Council has increased the number of female members four-fold in recent years. 

Smoke and steam rise from a coal processing plant in Hejin in central China's Shanxi Province, November 28, 2019.


Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

China’s Thirst for Coal is Economically Shortsighted and Environmentally Reckless

| Aug. 18, 2020

China, as part of its plans to restart its economy, has already approved the construction of new coal-fired power plants accounting for some 17 gigawatts of energy this year, sending a collective shiver down the spines of environmentalists.

A screenshot of "The China Dashboard" a joint project of the Asia Society and Rhodium Group, June 22, 2020.

Asia Society/Rhodium Group

Analysis & Opinions - Project Syndicate

China’s Economic Crossroads

| June 19, 2020

Given China's failure to follow through on the marketization policies that it announced seven years ago, it is reasonable to be suspicious of the government's latest reform push. Much will depend on what Chinese leaders fear more: disruptive change, or a creeping malaise of their own making.

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands during a joint statement to members of the media Great Hall of the People, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, in Beijing, China. Trump is on a five country trip through Asia traveling to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Analysis & Opinions - Asia Society

Saving Lives in America, China, and Around the World

The world is now in the midst of a once-in-a-century global health pandemic that threatens the lives and livelihoods of billions. This coronavirus transcends borders and nationalities, and until a vaccine is found, a cluster of cases in any one country will endanger the health and safety of people everywhere. For this reason, there has rarely been a time in which the fates of the world's nations were so clearly linked and where American leadership and purposeful international coordination were so urgently required.

President Donald Trump speaks in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, Monday, March 9, 2020, about the coronavirus outbreak. Standing behind Trump are Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, from left, Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Vice President Mike Pence. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Analysis & Opinions - Project Syndicate

COVID-19 Trumps Nationalism

| Mar. 06, 2020

This virus reminds us afresh that no person or country is an island unto itself. Yet political leaders have often failed to rein in the thinly veiled racism inherent in some of the popular response to the outbreak so far. In buses, trains, and on streets around the world, Asians, particularly Chinese, have been subjected to the kind of abuse I witnessed. Now that the virus has struck Italy, are Italians next?

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a meeting with Tedros Adhanom, director general of the World Health Organization, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020.

Naohiko Hatta/Pool Photo via AP

Analysis & Opinions - Project Syndicate

The Coronavirus and Xi Jinping’s Worldview

| Feb. 08, 2020

The wider world should show sympathy and express solidarity with the long-suffering Chinese people. These are ugly times, and the racism implicit (and sometimes explicit) in many responses to Chinese people around the world makes me question just how far we have really come as a human family. Too many people beyond China’s shores seem to have forgotten another eternal principle: “No man is an island, Entire of itself.”