China and the U.S. Need to See Eye to Eye
Op-Ed by ASPI President Kevin Rudd
Writing for the Guardian on September 23, 2015, Asia Society Policy Institute President Kevin Rudd argues that the U.S. and China share a “maximum desire for stability” that should compel them to agree on a new strategic narrative for their relationship.
As President Xi Jinping begins his first state visit to the United States, something of a potentially dangerous trend is beginning to emerge in the US-China relationship. There are now a number of influential voices on both sides who believe that the problems in the relationship are so numerous, so profound and so unmanageable that they are starting to overwhelm the post-1972 strategic consensus and are threatening to end a quarter-century of Sino-American goodwill. [...]
The uncomfortable truth for the growing legions of strategic hawks in both capitals is that the deep disagreements that do exist are solvable. Recent reports of tentative progress in the development of a new joint “cyber-security” regime represent a significant case in point.
But to do that, the two sides need to agree on a new common strategic narrative to govern the future of their relationship. Both their publics need an organising principle that is able to preserve long-term strategic stability, notwithstanding the issues of the day.
Writing for the Guardian, Kevin Rudd argues that the U.S. and China share a “maximum desire for stability” that should compel them to agree on a new strategic narrative for their relationship.
Experts say questions about the state of China's economy will hang over President Xi Jinping's visit to Washington, and that domestic Chinese politics could thwart badly needed economic reforms.
Speaking with Bloomberg TV’s Brendan Greeley, ASPI President Kevin Rudd discussed the political vision of Xi Jinping, the future of China’s technology sector, and the outlook for the Chinese economy.
In his report for the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, ASPI President Kevin Rudd recommends a common strategic narrative to guide the U.S.-China relationship.