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Today’s China poses a formidable challenge to United States’ hegemony – both economically and militarily. Under Donald Trump, America has taken a confrontational stance toward the rising superpower, accusing Beijing of unfair trade practices and military belligerence. Yet Washington has, so far, failed to articulate an overarching strategic vision for US-China policy. In Foreign Affairs, former Australian prime minister, Kevin Rudd, lays out 10 questions to help America formulate its China strategy and mitigate the risk of a confrontation between the two global powers. getAbstract recommends this article to those interested in US-China relations.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the United States needs a coherent China strategy and
  • What America must take into account when formulating its long-term policy toward China. 

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Kevin Rudd is the former Prime Minister of Australia and President of the Asia Society Policy Institute in New York. 



These questions can help US policymakers formulate a sustainable China strategy:

  • What are America’s goals? – America must clearly outline its objectives and consider how to respond should China fail to comply with demands to change its practices in areas such as trade and intellectual property.
  • What rules will govern the bilateral relationship? – A failure to develop ground rules on how to deal with issues such as military incidents, the purchase and sale of US Treasury Notes, or cyberattacks could lead to a dangerous confrontation. ...

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