September 03, 2012
America's China policy has traversed three stages. In the first phase, America courted the Mao Zedong regime, despite its 1950-51 annexation of Tibet and its domestic witch hunts, such as the "Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom" campaign. Disappointment with courtship led to estrangement, and U.S. policy then spent much of the 1960s seeking to isolate China.
China thus is very different from the adversaries the U.S. has had in the past, like the Soviet Union and Japan. U.S. interests now are so closely intertwined with China that they virtually preclude a policy that seeks to either isolate or confront Beijing. Even on the democracy issue, the U.S. prefers to lecture some other dictatorships rather than the world's largest and oldest-surviving autocracy.
Brahma Chellaney is the author of "Asian Juggernaut" (HarperCollins) and "Water: Asia's New Battleground" (Georgetown University Press
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