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Adam Segal on China Policy

Interviewee: Adam Segal, Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies
Interviewer: Jayshree Bajoria
January 2, 2008

Adam Segal, CFR’s senior fellow for China studies says the next U.S. president will have to address trade, military build-up, transparency, and the larger issue of China’s role in the world. Segal says: “Whoever becomes president is going to seriously have to reengage with Asia,” because there is a widespread perception in the region that United States, distracted by Iraq and the Middle East, has allowed China to take advantage.

Segal says China is still “very much a 19th century state in that it sees sovereignty as being the overwhelming concern” and is going to push back on many of U.S. concerns about humanitarianism, genocide in Sudan or other places because they are afraid about interference in their own internal affairs. Segal expects the next U.S. president will experience many of the same challenges with China faced by the Bush administration.

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