America’s China Policy Hasn’t Failed, but It Needs to Be Recalibrated

America’s China Policy Hasn’t Failed, but It Needs to Be Recalibrated
President Xi Jinping arrives for a plenary session of China's National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, March 13, 2018 (AP photo by Andy Wong).

Forty years after China embarked on the economic reforms that have helped transform it from an isolated and impoverished communist outpost into an increasingly confident and capable global power, a growing number of observers in the United States have, understandably, concluded that Washington adopted the wrong strategy toward Beijing. Their judgment is largely rooted in two propositions. First, the United States was mistaken to assume, or hope, that China would become more democratic as its economy grew. Second, by persisting with efforts to integrate China into the postwar international order, the United States ultimately enabled the rise of a country […]

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