Thursday, December 30, 2010
Obama Will Choose China or Japan-I
Two interesting articles appeared in the newspaper regarding Obama’s foreign policy when Barack Obama was taking the oath in front of millions people on January 20, 2009. One is written by former diplomat Henry Kissinger (Independent 20 January 2009), and the other is written by Japanologists Richard Samuels and James Schoff (International Herald Tribute 22 January 2009). While Kissinger emphasizes the role of China which the US will need China’s help by saying, “The role of China in a new world order is crucial,” Samuels stresses the attention of an alliance which should consider by saying, “Greater Japanese contributions to global order are needed …” Whereas Samuels uses the word “China” five times and “Beijing” twice in his article, Kissinger does not mention “Japan” and “Tokyo” in his article at all. Instead, Kissinger employs the word “China” six times in his Obama’s world order article. One thing is clear that China has increasingly been the crucial role in geopolitical arena. Will Barack Obama listen to suggestions by Kissinger or Samuels?