Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)

Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)
Sovereign Rights and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations: Irredentism and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands (ISBN-10: 0824824938)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Sino-U.S. New Era in 2011

On 2 January 2011, the former national security adviser under Jimmy Carter, Zbigniew Brzezinski, published an article in New York Times, titled “How to Stay Friends with China.” Brzezinski was the person who negotiated with Beijing to arrange Deng Xiaoping’s trip to the US in 1979, normalizing Sino-U.S. relations. He indicates that Americans have “neglected for the last 20 years mounting evidence of its own domestic obsolescence.” Both China and the US have “unintentionally intensified the suspicions of the other.” Regarding Hu Jintao’s visit, “presidents Obama and Hu should make a serious effort to codify in a joint declaration the historic potential of productive American-Chinese cooperation (New York Times).”  As a result, “China-U.S. Joint Statement” was issued on 20 January 2011 in Washington D.C. Among a total of 41 articles in the joint statement, nearly half of the articles deal with the mutual economic partnership, indicating that both the number one and number two economic powers agree to work together globally resulting in a win-win situation for both. While Washington recognizes the peaceful rise of China, and Beijing recognizes the American involvement in the Asian region, both leaders understand the differences among issues, such as the concept of human rights, the dialogue with Dalai Lama, and the selling weapons to Taiwan.  However, American scholar David Shambaugh expresses his short-sighted analysis of Hu’s visit by indicating “the next two years of domestic political transitions,” which might not satisfy each other at all (New York Times 17 January 2011).

Source: The Chinese Embassy in the USA (access date: 3 March 2011)

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