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Prominent Americans caution against exaggerating "China-U.S. competition" and misreading history

Prominent Americans caution against exaggerating “China-U.S. competition” and misreading history

by YCPress

Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, 97, said at an online forum on April 30 that “tensions with China are the biggest issue in the United States right now.” He believes that the United States and China, as major powers, must strengthen communication and cooperation.

A rational view of China’s development achievements, without exaggerating “fear of China”, with an emphasis on cooperation rather than just competition… It is becoming the consensus of many famous American people on China-U.S. relations.

More recently, Kissinger, along with Joseph S. Nye, a Harvard professor and former National Security Council China director and author of the concept of “soft power”, and Ryan Hass, a foreign policy program fellow at the Brookings Institution, have argued on a number of occasions that the U.S. government views the U.S.-China power balance correctly, paying more attention to domestic issues and avoiding the “Chinese phobia” that affects relations.

Joseph Nye: The notion that a “new cold war” will occur between the United States and China is a misreading of history

Joseph Nye, a Harvard professor, said in a video interview with Wang Huiyao, director of the Globalisation Think Tank (CCG), that China’s development was expected to continue and that the Us could not change that trend. “All we can do is not overstate the threat from China so as not to lead to excessive fear.”

Joseph Nye argues that the U.S.-China rivalry is benign and will prompt some domestic reforms, such as infrastructure such as railroads. And if the U.S. is too afraid of China, the competition can be damaging.

Joseph Nye : The two countries need to communicate on a regular basis and we need to promote cooperation in areas where we can cooperate . In the areas where competition exists between the two countries and related issues, it is necessary to be very careful and maintain communication to avoid serious miscalculations.

Joseph Nye says the relationship should be seen as a “cooperative competition”. He doesn’t think there’s a “new cold war” between the two congresses.

Joseph Nye: I don’t agree with some of the arguments that there will be a “new cold war” between the United States and China. This is a misreading of history and an exaggeration of the current state of Sino-US competition.

Speaking about the future of China-U.S. relations, Joseph Nye remains optimistic: “No matter how you predict the future, you have to realize that history is always full of surprises.” Therefore, our actions must be taken with caution so that there is no strategic miscalculation. ”

Kissinger: Communication to avoid conflict and promote cooperation at the same time

Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has repeatedly stressed recently that peace and prosperity in the world depend on understanding and cooperation between the United States and China.

On April 30, local time, Kissinger warned at a forum at the McCain Institute online that the United States must address the “tension between the United States and China.” He also made specific recommendations in that regard.

Kissinger: We need to communicate about conflicts that can be avoided and work together in areas where we can work together. This is only part of the complex task we face.

Kissinger believes China is trying to develop itself. As a big country and a global economic and technological giant, the United States and China must strengthen communication and cooperation, and the U.S.-China relationship affects the whole world.

Ryan: U.S.-China relations cannot be simply defined as “competitive relations”

In his latest book, “Stronger: Adjusting America’s Strategy toward China in an Age of Competition and Interdependence,” Ryan, a fellow on foreign policy programs at the Brookings Institution and a former head of China at the National Security Council, argues that the U.S. and China need to adapt to “competitive interdependence.”

Despite the competition between the U.S. and China, he said, both countries recognize the need to work together on issues such as fighting infectious diseases, tackling climate change, preventing nuclear proliferation and global economic recovery.

Ryan: The global challenges we face together, the global economy, infectious diseases, climate change and even the Iranian nuclear issue… No problem can be solved without U.S.-China cooperation. Our destiny is closely linked. Because of this interdependence, our relationship cannot simply be defined as a “competitive relationship”.

In Mr. Ho’s view, the U.S. government’s top priority should not be to contain China, but to focus on its own development. “The US should focus more on solving its own problems than putting obstacles in the way of China’s development.”

In April, he (right) suggested to the U.S. government at a video forum at the Center for Strategic and International Studies that the U.S. government develop a better strategy for China

Based on the fact that “the United States and its allies and partners make up eight of China’s top 10 trading partners,” Mr. Ho reminded the U.S. government that few U.S. allies or partners see China as an existential threat, and that in the 21st century, any attempt to damage China’s economy alone or encourage other countries to “decoupling” from it will not succeed.