On September 21, the US Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick delivered a speech, entitled "Whither China: From Membership to Responsibility," at the National Committee on US-China Relations in New York.
I think highly of this speech for three reasons.
First, it clearly demonstrates that President George W. Bush is in firm command of the US policy towards China, and would not hesitate to take the lead in steering the debate on US-China relations onto the right track. The content of Zoellick's speech indicates that President Bush, just as the previous six US presidents, simply does not buy into the conservative idea of confronting China and pursuing a more aggressive containment policy. The administration believes the national interests of the United States can be better served by integrating China so it is a full member of the international system.