Following his recent visit to Asia, vice president Joe Biden argues in a New York Times op-ed that China’s rise as a global power need not come at America’s expense.
Some here and in the region see China’s growth as a threat, entertaining visions of a cold-war-style rivalry or great-power confrontation. Some Chinese worry that our aim in the Asia-Pacific is to contain China’s rise.
I reject these views. We are clear-eyed about concerns like China’s growing military abilities and intentions; that is why we are engaging with the Chinese military to understand and shape their thinking. It is why the president has directed the United States, with our allies, to keep a strong presence in the region. As I told China’s leaders and people, America is a Pacific power and will remain one.
But, I remain convinced that a successful China can make our country more prosperous, not less.
As trade and investment bind us together, we have a stake in each other’s success. On issues from global security to global economic growth, we share common challenges and responsibilities — and we have incentives to work together. That is why our administration has worked to put our relationship on a stable footing. I am convinced, from nearly a dozen hours spent with Vice President Xi Jinping, that China’s leadership agrees.
Two articles at Foreign Policy also advocate calm. Charles Kenny cites economist Arvind Subramanian’s new book on the future of Sino-American relations, ‘Eclipse’. While the book’s title may not seem instantly reassuring (in common with ‘Red Dawn’, the title of Kenny’s article), Subramanian argues that China’s economic dominance may be both more profound and less problematic than widely anticipated.
Subramanian’s analysis … suggests that we’re overestimating the problems that an economically ascendant China will impose on the rest of...
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