Coping with a Conflicted China

David Shambaugh
Content Type
Journal Article
The Washington Quarterly
Issue Number
Publication Date
Winter 2011
Center for Strategic and International Studies
2009—2010 will be remembered as the years in which China became difficult for the world to deal with, as Beijing exhibited increasingly tough and truculent behavior toward many of its neighbors in Asia, as well as the United States and the European Union. Even its ties in Africa and Latin America became somewhat strained, adding to its declining global image since 2007.1 Beijing's disturbing behavior has many observers wondering how long its new toughness will last. Is it a temporary or secular trend? If it is a longer-term and qualitative shift toward greater assertiveness and arrogance, how should other nations respond?
Political Geography
Africa, United States, China, Europe, Latin America