China’s Energy Rise and the Future of U.S.-China Energy Relations

  • By Mikkal Herberg, Research Director, Energy Security Program The National Bureau of Asian Research
June 21, 2011

China is gradually emerging as a new superpower in global energy markets and energy geopolitics.  This reflects the enormous scale of China’s current and future energy and oil consumption, Beijing’s growing energy investments abroad and expanding energy diplomacy, its rising carbon emissions, and China’s emergence as a global leader in clean energy technology development. The scale of China’s energy expansion is quite breathtaking.

American Policy Toward China: Getting Beyond the Friend-or-Foe Fallacy

  • By Ely Ratner, RAND Corporation and Steven Weber, University of California, Berkeley
June 15, 2011

“You can't manage what you can't measure” is a widely accepted truism among business and government organizations. It is not widely accepted among psychologists and sociologists, most of whom would recoil at the idea that the condition of a relationship should be ‘marked to market’ every day, or that any meaningful relationship can be boiled down to a single index that quantifies where it is at any moment and whether it is “better’’ or “worse” than a week or a month ago. 

The Big Test

  • By
  • Christina Larson,
  • New America Foundation
June 10, 2011 |

For three days each June, all of China quiets to a whisper. In Shanghai, the ever-present construction crews are furloughed, and thousands of uniformed signal guards are deployed to stop drivers from sounding their horns. Similar noise-reduction campaigns are put in place in other cities across the country.

No More Rabbits in the Hat

June 9, 2011

-- This is a guest post by Jay Pelosky, Principal, J2Z Advisory, LLC --


Friend, Foe, or Fallacy

Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 12:15pm

Does China’s rise strengthen the existing international order or overturn it?  How we perceive and react to China’s rise will have dramatic consequences for Sino-American relations and China’s role in the world. Whether we see Beijing as a friend, a challenger, or whether those labels engender a false choice is critical to how we develop the right foreign policy for a rising China.

Watch Ely Ratner and Steven Weber in their discussion on how we should approach U.S.–China relations during this period of great power transitions.

Where the River Ends

  • By
  • Christina Larson,
  • New America Foundation
June 2, 2011 |

In glittering Shanghai, known for its hopping night life and influx of Western luxury stores, a VIP cocktail reception last Thursday night, May 26,marked the opening of a new H&M clothing store on upscale Nanjing Road. As a parade of BMWs, Audis, and Mercedes pulled up to valet parking alongside a red carpet unfurled on the sidewalk, an observer might never have suspected that the local government here in China's richest and most urbane city has been struggling with two very basic problems: keeping the water running and the power on.

China, IPOs and a Transforming Economy

  • By
  • Afshin Molavi,
  • New America Foundation
July 22, 2010 |

Behind the astronomic figures and shattered records, the Agricultural Bank of China's celebrated initial public offering reveals the growing financial ties between the Middle Kingdom and the Middle East, reflects a maturing China broadening its domestic growth strategy, and demonstrates the importance of Asia to global recovery.

As China's Growth Slows, the World Will Feel the Pinch

  • By
  • Afshin Molavi,
  • New America Foundation
March 16, 2011 |

The Chinese premier Wen Jiabao is not a man given to revolutionary rhetoric. He normally speaks in the dry, careful language characteristic of Beijing's leaders. But six words he uttered last week could have revolutionary consequences for China, the world, and the Middle East.

Did he comment on Libya's civil war? On rising oil prices? On Middle East unrest? None of the above. In fact, he simply made a matter-of-fact declaration about China's future economic intentions. Here were the six words: "We will actively boost consumer demand."

Dear China: Help Us Fix Pakistan

  • By
  • Patrick C. Doherty,
  • New America Foundation
May 9, 2011 |

The war of words is officially on. The killing of Osama bin Laden has shone a harsh light on the fraught U.S.-Pakistan relationship.

How China Could Help Obama Win the Budget Battle

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
April 14, 2011 |

President Obama's budget speech was one part Obama, one part Clinton, one part China. The Obama part came at the end. It was a gesture toward recapturing the image he enjoyed between 2004 and 2008: As the guy who didn't hate and wasn't hated, the guy who could help red and blue America get along. "This sense of responsibility—to each other and to our country—this isn't a partisan feeling," Obama declared. "It isn't a Democratic or a Republican idea. It's patriotism."

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