Foreign Affairs Article

Preventing a War Over Taiwan

Author: Kenneth Lieberthal

Summary: Although neither China nor Taiwan wants war, both pursue policies that raise the risk of bloodshed: the first by issuing vague warnings, the second by testing their limits. To stabilize the situation, the Bush administration should help broker a temporary agreement under which Taipei would put off independence and Beijing would stop threatening to attack.

Kenneth Lieberthal is Professor of Political Science and William Davidson Professor of International Business at the University of Michigan. In 1998-2000, he served as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for Asia on the staff of the National Security Council.

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Analysis Brief
Renewing America

Renewing America

U.S. Takes Aim at Yuan

Author: Christopher Alessi

A U.S. Senate bill targeting China's controversial currency policy risks provoking retaliatory measures from Beijing, say analysts, and would make little headway in advancing U.S. economic interests.

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Analysis Brief

Geithner's Rebalancing Bid

Author: Lee Hudson Teslik

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner called for a global rebalancing and sought to reassure China, the largest holder of U.S. debt, about the health of the dollar. Experts say this shift is needed but some Chinese remain skeptical about the U.S. currency.

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Cooperating with China

Author: Jayshree Bajoria

Hillary Clinton's diplomatic agenda in China is guided by the need to maintain the world's most important bilateral economic relationship. Yet climate change, Taiwan, Tibet, and Beijing's human rights record pose longstanding challenges that will also demand attention.

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Analysis Brief

Pakistan's All Weather Ally

Author: Jayshree Bajoria

With Pakistan-U.S.  ties strained, Islamabad looks to its regional ally, China, to guarantee longterm strategic stability. Experts say Pakistan also hopes for a nuclear deal with China to balance the U.S.-India nuclear pact now before the U.S. Congress.

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