I found this round table at Foreign Affairs on whether U. S. policy was too hostile towards China interesting and you may as well. The panelists are pretty evenly divided with one more individual disagreeing that our policy is too hostile than agreeing albeit two with low confidence levels. The others seem to have pretty strongly formed opinions.
Contrary to what you might believe I am not anti-China in my views. I am strongly anti-CCP and, consequently, anti-Xi but not anti-China. Indeed, if anything I’m pro-China. But I’m pro-U. S. and I don’t think that present U. S. policy is sufficiently pro-U. S. So, for example, I think that the U. S. should be importing a lot less from China than it does, particularly with respect to commodities that have little labor component. We should be producing a lot more of what we consume than at present.
However, to persuade me the panelists would have needed to address two questions so I could calibrate my views:
- What is the U. S. policy with respect to China?
- What would a policy hostile to China look like? One friendly to China?
neither of which is addressed although one or two of the panelists come close. Some concrete examples might be helpful. Are freedom of the seas exercises in the South China Sea hostile to China? How about tariffs on Chinese goods? I don’t see either of those things as being anti-China but they do maintain longstanding U. S. interests.
Turning the question around are any of China’s policies anti-U. S.? If so what would be an appropriate response?