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AMERICA AND CHINA

21-05-2019

Attached to this item is a brief summary of high and low points in American-Chinese relations from 1949 (the founding year of Communist China) to the present. The survey makes clear that relations have been difficult throughout these seventy years: from direct war in and over North Korea to the current escalating trade war. 

China, as the Soviet Union  until its collapse, is a one-party state. Unlike the Soviet Union and Russia today, China also is an economic mega-success, to be reckoned with.

China is an unlikely partner for a Trump kind of "Deal". Even unlikely is a China as a reliable partner for peace and economic growth.

America is no longer in a position to apply a China-containment policy. Needed is a careful approach towards peaceful economic relations without any illusion about a reliable political partnership for peace.


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Frans A.M. Alting von Geusau

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