In Brewing Strategic U.S.-China Competition in Asia, the United States can get by with a Little Help from its Friends

For the past ten years or so, officials from China and the United States have carefully avoided the moniker ‘rivalry’ to describe their relationship. Nevertheless, the two nations have been engaging in increasingly high stakes competitions in many arenas, notably for influence in the Asia-Pacific region. This was on full display at the recent Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. China Minister of Defense Wei Fenghe warned against outside countries interfering in China’s affairs, and United States acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan reaffirmed the United States’ intention to maintain its strategic…

The Risks of a ‘Total’ US-China Competition

Even China hawks need to make a careful appraisal of what sparks joy in the Sino-American relationship. Last week, Columbia University history professor Stephen Wertheim published an op-ed in the New York Times warning against the dangers of a new Cold War with China. Wertheim worries that opinion in Washington on the state of the relationship with China has changed dramatically in the past few years, across the political spectrum; Democrats are sounding nearly as hawkish on China as President Trump. Wertheim argues the Trump administration’s xenophobic approach to China…

US-China defense chiefs at odds over security in Indo-Pacific

The strained relationship between the US and China was on full display last weekend at Asia’s annual defense meeting. The Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore was the setting as the two powers painted very different pictures about who was the real threat to security in the region. Tough words frame cordial talks Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe met on May 31 for about 20 minutes. The US Defense Department hailed the talks as constructive and said they focused on ways to reduce the risk…

Explainer: U.S.-China trade war – the levers they can pull

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The escalating trade war between the United States and China has gone beyond tariffs as the countries increase pressure on each other to cede ground. FILE PHOTO: A U.S. dollar banknote featuring American founding father Benjamin Franklin and a China’s yuan banknote featuring late Chinese chairman Mao Zedong among U.S. and Chinese flags in this illustration picture taken May 20, 2019. Picture taken May 20, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee/Illustration/File Photo Beijing has said it would retaliate after President Donald Trump blacklisted Chinese telecom giant Huawei and the United…

US-China rivalry may become dangerous, Asian leaders and experts warn

The U.S. flag flies at a welcoming ceremony between Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump in 2017. Getty Images News | Getty Images “We are now entering into a period of great power rivalry. The outcome is unclear, but it is critical that we stabilize the system.” That was the warning on Thursday from Singapore’s Heng Swee Keat, the man set to be the city-state’s next prime minister. China’s rapid ascent over the past decade, he said, has caused a clear shift in global politics, and those changes need…

2019 Shangri-La Dialogue: US-China Competition Looms Over Asia Security Summit

Given the state of U.S.-China relations, it is a safe bet that the issue will dominate the headlines even as conversations focus on a wider range of security issues. This weekend, the 2019 iteration of the Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD), Asia’s premier security summit, kicks off in Singapore. While the SLD’s proceedings this year will again feature perspectives from officials and scholars alike on a wide range of security issues, one can expect the subject of heightening U.S.-China competition to dominate the headlines surrounding it given the regional and international attention…