On this episode of The Smell of Victory Podcast, Bob Hein and Phil Walter discussed U.S.-China relations with Ali Wyne a Political Scientist at RAND Corporation and the co-author of “Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master’s Insights on China, the United States, and the World.”
Issues touched on and quotes from this episode include:
– From Presidents Nixon to Obama, China policy was one of the few points of bipartisan consensus.
– President Trump’s concerns about China are not unique to his administration.
– China took advantage of the U.S. wars in the Middle East to rise without challenge.
– What could the U.S. have done, short of military confrontation to address China’s island reclamation?
– What would a timeline overlay of U.S. deployments to the Middle East look like, against Chinese expansionary decisions?
– China is not like a movie you can pause, rather it is a television mini-series that isn’t on Netflix.
– Could the U.S. have checked Chinese military expansion while allowing its economic expansion?
– Is China a hubristic incompetent upstart or an inexorably ascendant colossus? (Or both?)
– The U.S. competition with China comes down to who will have more high quality friends.
– Diagnosis is the prerequisite for strategy.
– The U.S. challenge with China is not a new Cold War….Get over it.
– If China is neither friend nor enemy, should we go to the High Schools of America to learn how to deal with Frenemies?
And much more!
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