The Future of the U.S. and China

The Future of the U.S. and China Opening Session: The Global Chessboard

January 14, 2021 — Asia Society Northern California Executive Director Margaret Conley gives welcome remarks to the center’s signature one-day conference, The Future of the U.S. and. and China: Seeking Truth Through Facts, followed by opening remarks from Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis, lieutenant governor of California. Asia Society President and CEO Kevin Rudd then delivers a keynote address on the necessary frameworks for China and the United States to co-exist and continue collaboration, maintain competition, and prevent conflict. (31 min., 22 sec.)

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US Congress stings China with new Tibet law on the next Dalai Lama

The Hindustan Times

The Central Tibetan Administration welcomed the Tibetan Policy and Support Act passed by the US Congress, calling it a historic move and a clear message to China

WORLD Updated: Dec 22, 2020, 15:20 IST The Hindustan Times

Shishir Gupta

Shishir Gupta
Hindustan Times, New Delhi

The US Congress has passed a law that reaffirms the right of Tibetans to select the successor to His Holiness Dalai Lama.
The US Congress has passed a law that reaffirms the right of Tibetans to select the successor to His Holiness Dalai Lama.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

The US Congress has passed a bill that reaffirms the right of Tibetans to choose a successor to their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. The law has been described by Dharamshala, the seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile, as a historic move and a clear message to China.

The Tibetan Policy and Support Act of 2020 (TPSA), which was passed by the US Senate, calls for the establishment of a US consulate in Tibet’s main city of Lhasa and underlines the absolute right of Tibetans to choose a successor to the Dalai Lama.

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US strikes at the heart of China’s bid to become a tech superpower

Analysis by Laura HeCNN Business

Updated 0947 GMT (1747 HKT) December 22, 2020

Trump administration dials up US-China tech tensions
Trump administration dials up US-China tech tensions

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China had been counting on its biggest chipmaker to help the country eventually reduce its reliance on the likes of Intel (INTC) and Samsung (SSNLF). The United States just put those ambitions in jeopardy. Washington announced Friday that it will require US exporters to apply for a license before they can sell to Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC). The US government claims that the chipmaker can use its tech to help China modernize its armed forces. SMIC (SIUIF) says it has no relationship with the Chinese military. But in a statement on Sunday, the company acknowledged that while the restrictions are unlikely to hurt its short-term operations, its loftier goals are in doubt. The new US rules will have “a material adverse effect” on its ability to develop highly advanced chips, it said.

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U.S.-CHINA ECONOMIC AND SECURITY REVIEW COMMISSION: 2020 Annual Report to Congress

2020 Annual Report to Congress

Topics this year include China’s view of strategic competition with the United States; China’s promotion of alternative global norms and standards; China’s strategic aims in Africa; vulnerabilities in China’s financial system and risks for the United States; U.S.-China links in healthcare and biotechnology; China’s growing power projection and expeditionary capabilities; Taiwan; Hong Kong; and a review of economics, trade, security, political, and foreign affairs developments in 2020.

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U.S.-China Global Competition

Chapter 1 Section 1 – A Global Contest for Power and Influence: China’s View of Strategic Competition with the United States

Chapter 1 Section 2 – The China Model: Return of the Middle Kingdom

Chapter 1 Section 3 – China’s Strategic Aims in Africa

U.S.-China Economic and Trade Relations

Chapter 2 Section 1 – Year in Review: Economics and Trade

Chapter 2 Section 2 – Vulnerabilities in China’s Financial System and Risks for the United States

Chapter 2 Section 3 – U.S.-China Links in Healthcare and Biotechnology

U.S.-China Security, Politics, and Foreign Affairs

Chapter 3 Section 1 – Year in Review: Security, Politics, and Foreign Affairs

Chapter 3 Section 2 – China’s Growing Power Projection and Expeditionary Capabilities

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Chapter 4 – Taiwan

Hong Kong

Chapter 5 – Hong Kong

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Chinese dams under US scrutiny in Mekong rivalry

A tourist walks on the Mekong river bank outside Loei, Thailand, on Jan 10, 2020. (Photo: REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun)

14 Dec 2020 01:27AM(Updated: 14 Dec 2020 06:46AM) CNA

BANGKOK: A US-funded project using satellites to track and publish water levels at Chinese dams on the Mekong river was launched on Monday (Dec 13), adding to the superpowers’ rivalry in Southeast Asia.

The 4,350km waterway – known as the Lancang in China and flowing south through Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam – has become a focus of competition.Advertisement

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The Next Stage of the Ideological Struggle Between the U.S. and China

By Isaac Chotiner December 9, 2020 The New Yorker

Xi Jinping and Joe Biden sitting at tables across from each other with American and Chinese flags in the background
The journalist John Pomfret describes how Joe Biden’s approach to China may differ from that of the Trump Administration.Photograph by Lintao Zhang / Reuters

In September, the House passed a bill that would ban imports produced by Uighur forced laborers in Xinjiang. Companies such as Apple, Nike, and Coca-Cola have mounted a lobbying campaign against the bill, which passed the House by an overwhelming margin of four hundred and six to three, and is likely to pass the Senate. If the bill does become law, it will be the latest sign that the relationship between the United States and China is as contentious as it has been in decades. The Chinese Communist Party’s use of forced labor, its authoritarian activity in Hong Kong, and its obfuscation about the coronavirus have raised bipartisan concerns about the future of the relationship between the U.S. and China.

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Europe, US should say ‘no’ to China’s ‘wolf-warrior’ diplomacy: EU envoy

FILE PHOTO: An attendant walks past EU and China flags ahead of the EU-China High-level Economic Di
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FILE PHOTO: An attendant walks past EU and China flags ahead of the EU-China High-level Economic Dialogue at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China on Jun 25, 2018. (Photo: REUTERS/Jason Lee)

10 Dec 2020 02:50PM(Updated: 10 Dec 2020 02:52PM)

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US tightens travel rules for Chinese Communist Party members: Report

US China flags
The American and Chinese flags are displayed outside a hotel in Beijing on May 14, 2019. (File photo: AFP/Greg Baker)

The new policy – which took immediate effect on Wednesday – caps visas of Communist Party members and their immediate families to one month and a single entry into the country, the report said.

“For decades we allowed the CCP free and unfettered access to US institutions and businesses while these same privileges were never extended freely to US citizens in China,” a State Department spokesperson said in a statement quoted by the Times.

Applicants had previously been able to obtain 10-year visitor visas. The report estimated the new restrictions could theoretically apply to around 270 million people.

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US blocks China cotton due to human rights issues

ANI, APN
03 Dec 2020, 10:55 GMT+10

Washington DC [US], December 3 (ANI): The US government has issued an order to block cotton imports from a Xinjiang governmental organisation in China due to the ongoing human rights abuses of Uyghurs, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said on Wednesday.

“The US Department of Homeland Security announced today that US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel at all US ports of entry will detain shipments containing cotton and cotton products originating from the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC),” the release said on Wednesday.

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China-US trade war: Beijing escalates tit-for-tat with Washington

BBC

China’s new rules primarily restrict the export of military technologies and other products.

China’s new rules primarily restrict the export of military technologies and other products. image copyright Getty Images

China has introduced tough new laws which restrict the export of “controlled items”.

The rules primarily focus on the export of military technologies and other products that might harm China’s national security.

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US-China detente hopes rising in SE Asia

Biden’s top envoy says China decoupling was a ‘mistake’ but ASEAN nations will still be pressed to pick superpower sides By DAVID HUTTNOVEMBER 28, 2020 Asia Times

Many observers believe a Joe Biden administration will seek to ease tensions stoked with China during Donald Trump’s administration. Image: iStock

The incoming Joe Biden administration is expected to be more dependable and predictable than Donald Trump’s, a potential cause for relief among Southeast Asian governments that have struggled to read and react to the outgoing US president’s mercurial leadership.

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U.S.-China Relations Haven’t Been This Toxic Since Vietnam

The DailyBeast

CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER

The two governments have been reduced to trading insults and taunts, closing consulates, and mounting demonization campaigns for the benefit of their respective domestic audiences.James A. WarrenPublished Nov. 27, 2020 5:12AM ET 

U.S.-China relations have been on a generally downward trajectory since it became apparent during the later Obama years that America’s longstanding policy of diplomatic and economic engagement had failed to bring China around to embrace democratic institutions or accept the rules-based international order led by the United States. On all fronts—diplomatic, military, and commercial—the relationship has been an exceptionally bumpy ride since Donald Trump assumed office. With the advent of COVID-19, international relations scholars and professional China watchers say, things have gone rapidly from bad to worse.

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How Biden will confront China

November 25, 2020
By David Leonhardt
Good morning. Biden introduces his foreign policy team. The Dow breaks 30,000. And Pennsylvania is banning alcohol sales.
Joe Biden with Xi Jinping in Beijing in 2011.Peter Parks/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
How Biden will confront China
The presidents who came just before Donald Trump took a mostly hopeful view of China. Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and the two George Bushes all tried to integrate China into the global economy and political system. Doing so, they believed, could persuade China to accept international rules and become more democratic.
The strategy largely failed.
China used access to the world’s markets to grow richer on its own terms. It rejected many international rules — on intellectual property, for example — while becoming more authoritarian at home. As a recent Times story puts it, China has adopted “increasingly aggressive and at times punitive policies that force countries to play by its rules.”
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In latest China jab, US drafts list of 89 firms with military ties

Chinese and U.S. flags flutter near The Bund in Shanghai
Chinese and US flags flutter near The Bund in Shanghai, China, Jul 30, 2019. (Photo: REUTERS/Aly Song/Files)

23 Nov 2020 12:06PM(Updated: 23 Nov 2020 05:57PM)

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration is close to declaring that 89 Chinese aerospace and other companies have military ties, restricting them from buying a range of US goods and technology, according to a draft copy of the list seen by Reuters.

The list, if published, could further escalate trade tensions with Beijing and hurt US companies that sell civil aviation parts and components to China, among other industries.Advertisement

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