June 7, 2010
Limits to China's Assertiveness
Andrew Small, German Marshall Fund
After a rough start to the year, last week's U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue -- the mammoth biannual consultation led by Secretaries Hillary Clinton and Timothy Geithner -- capped off a three-month period that has returned the Sino-U.S. relationship to a state of fragile equilibrium. Strategic mistrust remains pervasive, as the continued breakdown in military ties demonstrates, and there are few issues on which the two sides genuinely see eye-to-eye. But the missteps of 2009 provided some important lessons for better management of future differences.
It is clear that China has no inclination to take on greater responsibility for maintaining the global order. Quite the opposite -- Beijing feels better able to resist international pressure than it has in the past, sees...
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