Elizabeth Economy: The U.S. and China Have at it Again; But it’s Much Ado About Nothing

For the Council on Foreign Relations blog, Elizabeth Economy writes that the recent uproar over tensions between the U.S. and China over Tibet, Taiwan, and a host of other issues, is overblown:

There is nothing new here. We are merely witnessing the reality of the U.S.-China relationship, which is marked by almost no trust, a weak foundation of real cooperation, and a lack of shared values and commitment to true compromise. China and the United States have never achieved full agreement on how to approach climate change; we have regular disputes over Taiwan arms sales and the Dalai Lama; and we have never had a truly common approach to Iran. The only “new” issue on the table is the Chinese cyberhacking of Google, a number of major American companies and think tanks, and Chinese dissidents…and even that is probably not all that new. We just didn’t know about it.

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