Living With China

When applied to China, terms such as "adversary" and "partnet" obscure more than they clarify. A blueprint for American policy rejects both.

Issue: Spring 2000

Eurasian politics have replaced European politics as the central
arena of world affairs. Once European wars became evidently
threatening to America, there was no choice for America but to inject
itself into European politics in order to prevent new conflicts from
erupting or a hostile European hegemony from emerging. Thus America's
engagement in world affairs was precipitated during the twentieth
century by European politics. Today, it is the interplay of several
Eurasian powers that is critical to global stability. Accordingly,
America's policy must be transcontinental in its design, with
specific bilateral Eurasian relationships woven together into a
strategically coherent whole.

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