The surge of China on to the world stage has been called the single most important geopolitical event in this century. Will the nation of nearly 1.3 billion be a force for good or ill in world affairs writ large? What are the challenges of integrating China into a stable and secure world? The Great Decisions Television Series is a thirteen show series broadcast each year on PBS stations nationwide. Each show brings together experts on a specific topic in order to examine all sides of a foreign policy issue. The 2005 Television Series features the eight topics from the Great Decisions briefing book, as well as five election specials. This year's series is hosted by Peter Krogh, Dean Emeritus at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
Guests: Professor Michael Chambers, Chair, Political Science Department, Indiana State University (Assistant Professor of International Relations and Asian Politics) Summary: The 2005 US trade deficit with China eclipsed $201 billion and overall US current account deficits reached $900 billion, while China enjoyed a current account surplus of $150 billion. Much of this difference is linked to aggressive currency manipulation practices and unfair trade policies. Similarly, China is increasing its security posture in Asia, building its offensive military capabilities. As US Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld noted, “…many countries with interests in the region are asking questions about China’s intentions.” China also fosters strong working relationships with Venezuela, Iran and Cuba to help feed its growing appetite for oil. And human and civil rights issues remain constant sore points in US-Sino relations. Yet moving beyond macro-economic and security concerns, the relationship between American and Chinese citizens is as robust as ever—education, cultural, and business links abound. And, in the final analysis, despite trade deficit figures, China provides for the American consumer low-cost electronics, clothing and other merchandise that they might not otherwise afford. Is China a friend, competitor or adversary in its relationship with the US?
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