Saturday Nov 03, 201211:53 PM GMT
US-China ties growing increasingly strained: report
Sat Nov 3, 2012 11:53PM
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The U.S. and China are heading toward a more strained relationship with increased mutual distrust, a new study by David Shambaugh, the director of the China Policy Program at George Washington University has shown.

 

This will be the case no matter who wins the U.S. presidential election and who fills the new Chinese Politburo next week, Shambaugh said.

 

“The competitive elements in the relationship are growing and becoming primary, while the cooperative ones are secondary and declining,” he added.

 

A senior U.S. congressional staffer, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that such a development could impact Taiwan by causing Beijing to further resent the Washington-Taipei relationship and putting new strains on arms sales, trade and diplomatic policies.

 

At the same time, Elizabeth Economy, the director of Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, said that U.S.-China relations would no longer be focused exclusively on trade, Taiwan and human rights.

 

“The next [U.S.] president will have to work with China on virtually every global challenge,” she said. “China’s leaders no longer simply want to export their goods and services, they want to export their culture, their values and ideals.”

 

According to Shambaugh’s gloomy forecast, meetings between Washington and Beijing representatives are becoming more pro forma and “increasingly acrimonious.”

 

He said that beneath the surface of these official exchanges, mutual distrust is pervasive, with few officials on either side on a strong mission to cooperate with the other. Rows are breaking out over trade and investment conditions, technology, espionage and cyberattacks, as well as about global challenges like climate change, Syria and military postures in the Asia-Pacific region.

 

“As China’s global footprint has emerged onto every continent, it is increasingly bumping up against longstanding American interests - thus adding a global dimension the relationship has never had,” Shambaugh said. Taipei Times

 

FACTS & FIGURES

 

The Obama administration has been ramping up the pressure on China with an increasingly antagonistic foreign policy. The so-called ‘Asia pivot’ is an aggressive policy that involves surging American military presence throughout the region - in the Philippines, Japan, Australia, Guam, South Korea, Singapore, etc. - in an unprovoked scheme to contain rising Chinese economic and military influence. WSJ

 

China’s growing economic and military might is leading to a greater assertiveness in pressing its claims in the South China Sea. The United States is building closer economic and military alliances with Vietnam and other nations in the region as part of a ‘‘pivot’’ away from the Middle East to Asia. Boston.com

 

The U.S. is planning a major expansion of missile defenses in Asia, a move American officials say is designed to contain threats from North Korea, but one that could also be used to counter China's military. WSJ

 

The Pentagon is particularly concerned about the growing power of China. China has been developing advanced ballistic missiles and anti-ship ballistic missiles that could target U.S. naval forces in the region. AP

 

According to a study by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, U.S. experts "may have failed to fully appreciate the extent to which the Chinese leadership views the United States as a fundamental threat to China's security." Raw Story

 

AHT/ARA

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