Monday, February 01, 2010

Partnership or Containment

That seems to be the two ends of the spectrum of the U.S. approach to China (and Russia too). Sooner or later, you have to craft an approach that will tilt toward one side or the other--one cannot simultaneously contain a partner. (The subject of this short essay in today's National Interest on the question of U.S. arms sales to Taiwan.)

Actually, containment is pretty much all we do, and the Chinese and Russian leadership understand that. Because of our domestic politics, where no American leader can afford to be seen being anything less than uncompromising. Since there is no benefit to engaging with the USG, it will find itself with continually declining influence on major countries.
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/ / Rickard

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