China Calling: Co-Managing Crisis in East Asia
Recorded on October 29, 2007
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
A recent article in the New York Times began with this
sentence: "George W. Bush, embattled at home, tied down in Iraq and
watching the clock run out on his presidency, has found a
diplomatic crutch in an unlikely place: China."
For the United States, as a member of NATO, a treaty ally of
Japan, Australia, and other nations, seeing China as a "diplomatic
crutch" would be odd indeed. But China is taking on great
power status. The U.S. is relying on it in dealing with
crises in Burma and North Korea. And China routinely calls on
the U.S. to exercise its influence on Taiwan.
Is the U.S. consigning its interests in East Asia to