Asking China to act like the US
December 6, 2010 Leave a comment
Helene Cooper of the New York Times explains very well how the US has to recalibrate the way we deal with China. The situation has been changing faster than US politicians can internalize and understand. Kissinger recently pointed out that neither the US nor China have much experience in treating others as equals. If each side started operating from that attitude and viewpoint it could be a sign of significant progress.
A key part of America’s relationship with China now turns on a question that is, at its heart, an impossible conundrum: How to get Beijing to make moves that its leaders don’t think are good for their country? From economics to climate change to currency to Iran and finally culminating with North Korea last week, America has sought to push, prod and cajole China, to little or no avail…..
“We’re still struggling with a post-unilateralist hangover,” said David Rothkopf, author of “Running the World: The Inside Story of the National Security Council and the Architects of American Power.” That hangover, he says, leads Americans to believe “that we’re the sole remaining superpower and the objective of our foreign policy is to get people to go along with that. To fall into step with our worldview. But the reality is, that’s not what the future holds.” Rather, Mr. Rothkopf argues, the United States is heading into a future in which countries like China, with independent sources of power, are not reliant on or easily influenced by the United States, and so are pursuing their own national interests.