Archive for the ‘American Perceptions’ Category

[AUDIO] CTP Podcast – China’s bin-Laden Aftermath

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Almost no one is focusing on this huge story over how the Chinese are taking advantage of the rift in U.S.-Pakistan ties in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s killing to increase their influence in Afghanistan/Pakistan.  We had a great discussion in our latest CTP Podcast. Let us know what you think.




China Talking Points Podcast: China’s post-bin Laden Foreign Policy by ChinaTalkingPoints

[AUDIO] CTP Podcast – Nuclear Energy In China

Friday, March 25th, 2011

In the wake of the natural and nuclear disasters in Japan, what role will Nuclear Energy play in China’s immediate future?

With over 60% of the world’s future nuclear power plants destined to be built in the PRC, their decisions on technology, safety, and international cooperation will have in impact well beyond the nation’s borders.

Join us as we discuss China’s response and likely next steps in the nuclear energy game.

China Talking Points Podcast: China’s Nuclear Future by ChinaTalkingPoints

[AUDIO] CTP Podcast: Huawei’s Failure to Crack the US Market

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

China Talking Points Podcast: The Huawei Challenge by ChinaTalkingPoints

Chinese telecommunications manufacturer Huawei is 0-2 in its bid to acquire American technology companies that begin with the letter “3.”  Their first attempt was back in 2008 when Huawei moved to acquire the struggling networking company “3com.” That $2.2 billion deal was scuttled by U.S. legislators on the grounds it presented a security threat if a Chinese company that once had (or may still have) ties to the PLA and an opaque relationship with the central government in Beijing would acquire sophisticated American networking technology. Roll the clock forward to 2011 and it’s “deja vu all over again.”  Huawei’s latest efforts to build a foundation in the US market was rejected by the US government on similar grounds. Huawei sought to buy the California-based cloud computing company 3Leaf yet once again the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) determined that it would be too risky for 3Leaf’s technology to be acquired by a Chinese company that allegedly has ties to the PLA.


[AUDIO] CTP Podcast – Midterm China Mania

Monday, October 18th, 2010

We’re heading to the polls in America and that means media outlets are awash with strident ads attacking candidates on various issues.  This election cycle, China seems to be front and center quite a bit.

Interestingly, editorial boards seem to believe that the classic job-loss case that is being so loudly trumpeted has created an opening to highlight many different differences and conflicts that are currently roiling US-China relations.

As an election cycle, we think we’re just hearing words without action, but it is a good time to remind yourself about the multifaceted relationship.

China News Analysis: Improving Relationships?

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Our friends over at bring us another great breakdown of breaking news on China.

This time, multiple sources are looked at to see how the overall relationship between China and the US is being positioned. If perception is reality, then this summarize the perceptions being promoted by the media outlets.


[NOTE: Full transcript is provided below.]


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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations — or ASEAN — is in the middle of its first Defense Ministers’ Meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, with U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in attendance. Reports coming out of the closed-door meeting indicate a warming relationship between the United States and China, which had suspended high-level military communication in January over an arms deal between the U.S. and Taiwan.

We’re analyzing coverage from The U.S. Defense Department, The Wall Street Journal, Voice of America and The Washington Post.

The U.S. has found itself — crossways with China on a number of issues, from arms to territorial disputes China has had with several neighboring countries. The U.S. has taken a hard-line stance, but this week, that softened a bit. In a U.S. Defense Department release, Gates is quoted as saying,

“The United States does not take sides on competing territorial claims, such as those in the South China Sea… Competing claims should be settled peacefully, without force or coercion, through collaborative diplomatic processes, and in keeping with customary international law.”

Part of the dispute in the South China Sea is over a string of natural resource-rich islands claimed by several nations, including smaller countries like Vietnam who want U.S. support in the face of China’s dominance in the area. (Video: Wall Street Journal)

Voice of America interviews a former U.S. Foreign Service Officer who says the U.S. is in a complex position on the issue.

“China and the United States have a relationship that is very, very important, and I don’t think that’s going to be disrupted… I think we’re quite confident of the nature and scope of American influence and power in Southeast Asia and China should be part of the equation there.”

An analyst for the Wall Street Journal explains how Gates went about handling this complex task — noting his very presence at the meeting was a big show of U.S. support.

“By not inflaming things too much, because as much as there is friction in the region, Japan and other countries don’t want the U.S. kind of bowling in and making things worse. A third thing that he did, Adam, was he didn’t really roll back anything that the U.S. has said about China or about the region in recent weeks.”

Finally, the Washington Post says China’s counterpart to Secretary Gates attempted to calm fears of China’s naval aggression, such as the recent arrest of nine Vietnamese fishermen in disputed waters. He is quoted as saying,

“China’s defense development is not aimed to challenge or threaten anyone, but to ensure its security and promote international and regional peace and stability … Security of a country relies not only on self-defense capabilities, but also on mutual trust with others.”

Chinese officials have invited Secretary Gates to Beijing for a meeting which is expected to take place early next year.


[AUDIO] CTP Podcast – China’s Rare Earth Advantage

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Eric and I (along with my softly cooing newborn, Flynn, tackle the recent Diao Yu Tai islands dispute brought about by Japan’s seizure of a Chinese fishing vessel and the detention of its captain.

China utilized its fast growing control of rare earth metals as leverage in the rapidly resolved dispute, and this serve as a harbinger of future tactics or it may just serve as a lesson for how to deal with the multiple conflicts that will continue to arise as the world order adjusts to China’s prominence.

No Noise About

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Sure, the NYTimes & WSJ carried headlines; there were the ‘usual’ blog posts; one or two nightly news mentions ocurred.  Protest, though? Outrage? Op-eds?

No wreaths laid or candlelight vigels held.  This was just the Chinese government implementing policy on a company that has agreed that it couldn’t adhere to them.

Google is not leaving China and China surely isn’t leaving Google.  But the US media finally has enough perspective (or learning) to consider it relatively unremarkable.

This is probably the biggest disappointment out of the whole issue.  I’d certainly like to see unfettered internet access in China, but I’d really like to see less knee-jerk reporting by American media professionals.

Sadly, this isn’t an issue that only pertains to news on China.  I fear our news cycle is starting to  illicit rapid and uninformed actions on many fronts.  Something our Chinese friends are probably more aware of than ourselves.

CTP Video: Can Chinese Companies Build Brand in the USA?

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Made in China FlagQuick quiz: name a single mainland Chinese company that has successfully built brand equity in the U.S. market sans acquisition?  Lenovo doesn’t count as most of its brand value derives from the purchase of IBM’s mobile computing group.  Haier?  No, they don’t make the grade either.  Haier sells a lot of product in the US but mostly as a low-cost generic white label manufacturer for big-box stores like Wal Mart and Target.  The only people who know the brand Haier are those who have lived in China.  Americans, on the other hand, just see a $50 refrigerator or $10 toaster without paying any attention to the manufacturer.  And why should they?  Haier does not advertise widely in the US market or make any noticeable effort to establish itself beyond its generic, low-cost origins.   That will change.  It has to.  Many Chinese companies like Baidu, Geely and BYD recognize that their home markets will eventually become saturated and if they want to grow, they will have to seek new markets overseas.  It won’t be easy though, as they will no longer have the benefit of protection and support from the central government in Beijing.  Instead, these Chinese companies will be forced to compete in manner that remains largely unfamiliar to most Chinese executives.


CTP Podcast – China’s Influence on North Korea

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Six Party TalksWith Kim Jung-Il visiting China, we take the opportunity to discuss the PRC’s strategic interests in North Korea vs. what the US holds as important.

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Will Americans Mind Closer Ties Between North Korea and China?

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Kim-Jong-il-greets-Chinas-001Kim Jong-Il’s visit to China this week is another reminder for Americans that we have very little ability to dictate policy to North Korea.   It represents a tangible erosion of our sphere of influence; it is a sign of China’s ascendancy.

Regardless of whether the six-party talks continue, China will always be the one with the main influence on and self-interest in North Korea’s future stability.  China doesn’t want to see a unified Korea anytime soon, and it doesn’t want to deal with turmoil on its border that could lead to a massive refugee crisis.

With leadership change on the horizon, it seems likely that Kim Jong-Il will seek to set a foreign policy course and domestic development trajectory for his youngest son, Kim Jong-un, to implement.    By providing economic security (and opportunity), China can also seek to dissemble any nuclear infrastructure that North Korea has established – but it should be noted that border security, not nuclear threats, are China’s main concern.  China is also motivated to remove the nuclear threat, but its methods and timeline are inherently different from ours.

The other variable to contend with will be the American public’s perception/opinion of this evolution and what the reaction of our politicians will be.  For example, it seems highly unlikely that the US will ever want to see the six-party talks end (despite a lack of progress over 7 years).  Such an ending would result in too many headlines.  Fortunately, China doesn’t usually seek to be the sole actor responsible for extra-territorial security.  So while reality will be China as the main actor, perception will focus on a face-saving multi-lateral management.