Shaping the Choices of a Rising China: Recent Lessons for the Obama Administration

Author
Thomas J. Christensen
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
The Washington Quarterly
Volume
32
Issue Number
3
Publication Date
July 2009
Institution
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Abstract
President Barack Obama ran a successful campaign on the theme of change. Yet, for addressing what is perhaps the greatest long-term strategic challenge facing the United States—managing U.S. relations with a rising China—change is not what is needed. President George W. Bush's strategy toward China is an underappreciated success story and the Obama administration would be wise to build on that success rather than attempt to radically transform U.S. policy toward China.
Political Geography
United States, China