Tip of the hat to Sol Sanders for a pointed review of the USA’s lack of a China Strategy or the details that go with it. Below are just three short excerpts, followed by a Comment.
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Given that the history of U.S.-China relations have always been rocky however intimate they have been since the founding of the American republic, it is self evident that in a period when Beijing’s economic and political clout are increasingly important that they require a high priority for attention – to details. Equally obvious is that given their complexity, they will have to be solved on a largely piecemeal basis – as are almost all political and human problems if and when it is accomplished without violence and tragedy.
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Rather than splashy dinner parties in Washington, the talents of the huge American diplomatic establishment which Clinton often seems to be only marginally out in front of, it is the nitty-gritty of these myriad problems that ought to be addressed.
Sol W. Sanders, (firstname.lastname@example.org), is an Asian specialist with more than 25 years in the region, and a former correspondent for Business Week, U.S. News & World Report and United Press International. He writes weekly for World Tribune.com and East-Asia-Intel.com.
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There are ten high-level threats to humanity, and China represents most of them on steroids, notably poverty, infectious disease, and environmental degradation. There are twelve core policies, among them agriculture, energy, and water, and China is again the world’s most important “canary.”
The Obama “theater for the masses” is in no way coherent or responsible when it comes to strategy of any sort, much less strategy for dealing with the eight demographic challengers (Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Russia, Venezuela, and Wild Cards like the Congo and Turkey.
The “Substance of Governance” is not rocket-science. It merely requires integrity and attention to detail.