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Global Insights: China Wary but Skeptical of U.S. Pivot to Asia

Richard Weitz Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012

I recently had the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive dialogue session at the Chinese Embassy in Washington among Chinese diplomats and American experts on China-U.S. relations. Several themes that emerged from engaging with our Chinese colleagues in these discussions deserve wider attention.

The most interesting among them was the odd juxtaposition between Chinese policymakers' concern about the Asia pivot with their feeling that Washington’s domestic priorities and concerns in the Middle East will ultimately derail the planned strategic rebalancing of U.S. diplomatic and military resources toward the Asia-Pacific region. ...

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