U.S.–China Week: Five S&ED developments to watch (Issue 11, 2015.06.30)

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Issue 11 of U.S.–China Week is an abbreviated edition. Instead of five diverse developments, I want to highlight five developments from last week’s U.S.–China Strategic & Economic Dialogue (S&ED) that have received minimal attention but deserve attention. Regularly scheduled programming returns next week.

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U.S.–China Week (Issue 10, 2015.06.22)

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Welcome to Issue 10 of U.S.–China Week, just in time for the U.S.–China Strategic & Economic Dialogue (S&ED) meetings this week in Washington. More on that below, but first:

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Personnel hack calls not for sanctions, but stronger and ‘active’ defense

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My latest piece for Nikkei Asian Review builds on last week’s U.S.–China Week and argues that sanctions are not the answer for the Obama administration as it weighs a response the hacking of U.S. government personnel data, allegedly by the Chinese government. Read the whole piece, but here are some highlights:

Given that primary defense has failed, however, widespread calls for retaliation are not surprising. One option is sanctions. In April, President Barack Obama…

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U.S.–China Week: S&ED preview, Fan Changlong’s visit, more breaches (Issue 9, 2015.06.15)

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Welcome to Issue 9 of U.S.–China Week. Two notes: First, beginning next week I will be spending a few days in Tokyo and Beijing; if any of you out there in e-mail-land would be interested in meeting up to chat, please drop me a line. Second, you can find my comments in ChinaFile’s recent conversation on U.S. policy toward China. I argue that the rise of a new fatalism in U.S.–China policy circles calls…

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The rise of fatalism in U.S.–China ties, and the need for reality-based strategy

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The following is my contribution to this week’s Conversation from Asia Society’s ChinaFile. See the full conversation for entries by Hugh White, Mary Kay Magistad, Zha Daojiong, Vanessa Home, and Chen Weihua.

Three years ago, when the scholars Wang Jisi and Kenneth Lieberthal published a joint study of mutual distrust between the United States and China, they identified a frustrating reality faced by those working toward stable U.S.–China relations. Despite good faith efforts, many…

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