Does China’s emergence as a formidable economic competitor pose a threat to its relationships with Europe, the U.S., and other powers?
Energy, the environment and competition for natural resources will emerge as challenges in continuing China’s positive relationships with the United States and other powers in the coming years, says Henry Kissinger, who orchestrated modern Sino-U.S. relations three decades ago as President Nixon’s Secretary of State.
Author and China expert Orville Schell offers a historical perspective, going back over a century of China’s history to delineate an “uncertainty principle” that informs the contradiction between an increasingly prosperous and powerful nation that is nevertheless faced with dire environmental, economic and political problems. Ultimately, Mr. Schell argues, one cannot understand the China of today without the ability to absorb its conflicting and contradictory nature. Is China’s continued economic dominance and increasing confidence on the world stage putting it on a collision course with the U.S.? Or do we have every reason to be optimistic about the future of Sino-U.S. relations? [Click to see]