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[Washington, DC Report Launch] Course Correction: Toward an Effective and Sustainable China Policy


Report Launch and Press Briefing: Task Force on U.S.-China Policy

Two years into the Trump administration, the United States and the People’s Republic of China find their bilateral relationship at a dangerous crossroads. As more stresses and strains beset their relationship, both sides are casting about for redefinitions of their national interest and new policy directions for attaining them.

On February 12, 2019, the Task Force on U.S.-China Policy is issuing its new report “Course Correction: Toward an Effective and Sustainable China Policy.” This report marks the second set of findings issued by a group comprised of China specialists from around the United States convened by Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations and the University of California San Diego’s 21st Century China Center.

This year’s Task Force memorandum builds on the 2017 report to identify the fundamental interests of the United States in its relationship with China. These include a fair market-based global economic system, a peaceful and stable Asia-Pacific region, a liberal rules-based political and economic order, and a stable and productive relationship with China. This memorandum focuses on five different issue areas: economics and trade; regional security; global governance; human rights; and China’s influence-seeking and interference abroad.  

To further these interests the taskforce proposes a strategy of "smart competition." "Smart competition" involves building on American strengths to compete effectively with China while maintaining as much cooperation as possible in areas of common interest; building international coalitions to press China to follow international laws and norms; negotiating resolutions of key disputes wherever feasible; and preserving and updating those international institutions that have enhanced the welfare and security of both countries and the rest of the world for so many decades.

The report will be published and available on the Asia Society website February 12, 2019.

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