Time to reevaluate relationship with China, say U.S. analysts

The U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, underway in Washington, is worse than a waste of time, say analysts who have already warned of armed conflict between the U.S. and China. Time to get real about China

by the commentator on 24 June 2015 05:35

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As the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) got underway in Washington D.C. analysts from a hawkish American policy institute that has warned of the dangers of armed conflict between the U.S. and China said Washington should completely reevaluate the relationship.

Michael Auslin, Asian regional security expert for the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) said:

"It is long past time to reevaluate our relationship with China and, more important, to put to pasture failed initiatives such as the S&ED in favor of a more realistic and self-interested engagement with Beijing

"…Solving the China problem means, first of all, admitting that it exists. Second, it means moderating our own behavior. That includes no longer participating in diplomatic Potemkin villages like this week’s S&ED. Jaw-jawing does little either to solve our problems with China or to moderate their behavior, but the Chinese get global credibility from the pomp and circumstance the United States affords them. Let’s talk when we have a real reason to, not because we fear not to."

AEI China expert Michael Mazza added:

"The Strategic and Economic Dialogue is an opportunity for American leaders to speak clearly and forthrightly about the divergent interests that are becoming a defining aspect of U.S.-China relations.

"China has made it clear its goal is a successful, non-contentious visit by Xi Jinping to the United States in September. Secretary Kerry and Secretary Lew should make clear that will not be possible absent commitments from China to alter its behavior in the South China Sea and in the cyber realm."

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