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The flag of the People’s Republic of China flies on the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan during a port call in Hong Kong, November 21, 2018

AP / Kin Cheung

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

Coherence and Comprehensiveness: An American Foreign Policy Imperative

| March 2019

As the United States now confronts the prospect of a multi-faceted and quite possibly generational competition with China—underscored not only by recent Trump Administration public statements but also by the clear emergence of bipartisan support for a firm posture against certain Chinese practices—it is essential that U.S. policymakers take steps to ensure our approach is as coherent and comprehensive as possible. (As we make this point, we offer our hope that the relationship between the U.S. and China, unquestionably the most important in the world, can evolve into one that is mutually beneficial and avoids confrontation.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and Italian President Sergio Mattarella attend a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on February 22, 2017. 

AFP Photo

Analysis & Opinions - The Diplomat

Italy’s Risky China Gamble

| Mar. 14, 2019

As the first G-7 country to sign a memorandum of understanding on the BRI, Italy’s participation would carry large symbolic weight for China. But this would hardly be enough to legitimize the BRI amid a global backlash against it and Beijing’s own struggles with piling debt and a slowing economy in the throes of a trade war with the United States. Instead, U.S. diplomats correctly warn that it would harm Italy’s own reputation.

A snapshot of one of the most looked-up words of 2012 in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, December 5, 2012.

Richard Drew (AP)

Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

Cold War II

| Mar. 11, 2019

As we all know by now, Niall Ferguson writes, the history of socialism didn't end with the fall of the Berlin Wall. Instead, it's popped up again in the unlikeliest of places—on the lips of many young people in America. And with a new Cold War with China seemingly looming on the horizon, this development should not be seen as insignificant.

Astana, Kazakhstan

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Analysis & Opinions

Kazakhs Wary of Chinese Embrace as BRI Gathers Steam

| Feb. 28, 2019

Following on our annual conference, in which China’s Belt and Road Initiative was discussed in detail, Philippe Le Corre of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School writes about the perceptions that Beijing will have to overcome in Kazakhstan, where the government is keen on investment, but the people less so.

Huawei's logo stands tall on this R&D center in China's Guangdong province, December 18, 2018..

Andy Wong (AP)

Analysis & Opinions - Financial Times

Blanket Bans on Chinese Tech Companies Like Huawei Make No Sense

| Feb. 12, 2019

The unfolding Huawei controversy demands "technical expertise and rational assessment of risk", writes Robert Hannigan in the wake of the President Trump's statements about the possible extradition of the company's chief financial officer. Geopolitics and business should be separate considerations, especially since the growing concern over the cyber threat that China poses may not be supported by the evidence.

commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the start of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and China, January 10, 2019.

Mark Shiefelbein (AP)

Analysis & Opinions - The Cipher Brief

State Secrets: China Expert Professor Graham Allison

| Feb. 11, 2019

After being named the number 1 national security threat to the United States in a report by the leaders of the U.S. Intelligence Community, China's relationship with America seems more vital than ever to international peace and security. In this podcast, China expert Graham Allison recounts what he's learned about how these two world powers can avoid going to war.

The American flag flies alongside a Chinese national symbol as President Donald Trump is welcomed to a summit in Beijing, November 9, 2017.

Andy Wong (AP)

Speech - Asia Society Policy Institute

The Avoidable War: Reflections on U.S.-China Relations and the End of Strategic Engagement

| January 2019

The Asia Policy Institute recently released a collection of speeches by its President and former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd about the rivalry between China and the United States. In his forward to the collection, Graham Allison explains why relations between the two countries have become "the defining issue of international relations in the 21st century", and why Kevin Rudd is uniquely equipped to provide insight into them. Read on for both the full introduction and the full report.

"Within the covers of this book, long-time China watcher and former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has provided an analytic snapshot that would normally only be available to the president or prime minister of a major nation. In substance, it would be the envy of the best professional intelligence agency."

Russian and Chinese flags sit side by side on a table in the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, on June 8, 2018.

(AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Analysis & Opinions - The Wall Street Journal

A Sino-Russian Entente Again Threatens America

| Jan. 29, 2019

Former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski warned in 1997 that the greatest long-term threat to U.S. interests would be a “grand coalition” of China and Russia, “united not by ideology but by complementary grievances.” This coalition “would be reminiscent in scale and scope of the challenge once posed by the Sino-Soviet bloc, though this time China would likely be the leader and Russia the follower.”