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

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,…

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

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,…

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U.S.–China Week 2015.02.16 (Beta Issue 0.2)

Welcome to the second installment of my weekly newsletter on important developments and significant ideas in U.S.–China relations. A special welcome to the more than 3/4 of those receiving this message who signed up since the first edition. Others who are interested can subscribe here. In this edition, I have adjusted the format slightly based on insightful comments from…

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My New Newsletter, U.S.–China Week, starts now. Subscribe!

Readers of Transpacifica would likely be interested in my new weekly newsletter, an experiment of sorts, in which I’m selecting five—just five!—key news developments or pieces of commentary that you shouldn’t miss each week if you want to keep track of U.S.–China relations. The first edition went out a few minutes ago, and you can read it below.

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