China’s Inner Struggle
THE SOURCE: “Coping with a Conflicted China” by David Shambaugh, in The Washington Quarterly, Winter 2011.
U.S. policymakers have struggled to come up with the right way to handle China as it grows into a superpower. Before they fasten on a specific approach, they should tune in to the debates raging among China’s elite about its foreign policy, writes David Shambaugh, a political scientist at George Washington University.
The questions before the Chinese are fundamental: Should China be active in global affairs or isolationist? Should it draw on its military and economic might to reach its objectives or should it use soft power—diplomacy and culture? How much should China continue to focus on its relations with the United States?
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