A Global Imperative---A Progressive Approach to U.S.-china Relations in the 21st Century

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   A Global Imperative  A Progressive Approach to U.S.-China Relations in the 21st Century August 2008  A BOUT   THE C HINA   TASK   FORCE   AND   THIS   REPORT The Center for American Progress recog-nized the need for an updated and forward-looking approach to China—one thatunderstands the challenges as well as oppor-tunities of China’s dynamic rise. We neededto develop a China policy that adapted tothe realities of the 21st Century and wouldleave Americans safer and more prosperous.To this end, the national security team at theCenter assembled a list of top China special-ists from around the country and reached outto experts from a variety of backgrounds— academia, policy, business, and journalism,as well as advocates in the fi eld. Participantsranged in their experiences and ideologi-cal positions. Under the leadership of thenSenior Vice President for National SecurityRobert Boorstin, and with the support of Rebecca Schultz, the national security teamat the Center convened a series of meetingswith the task force over the course of a yearand numerous consultations thereafter.The meetings covered issues ranging fromChina’s economic development and militarymodernization to human rights and climatechange. Many of the insights, ideas, andrecommendations that emerged from thesemeetings came to serve as the foundation of this report. We would also like to thank ourtask force members, presenters, and review-ers, whose insights, ideas, and oversight werecritical to the formulation of this report.Task force members participated in many of our meetings and several rounds of reviewsof this report. They generously lent us their valuable thoughts; many of them offeredsigni fi cant personal time and energy.This report could not have been writtenwithout the sustained assistance of LizEconomy, Bates Gill, Harry Harding, andEvan Medeiros, who were present from thegenesis to the conclusion of this report, andwent above and beyond in their contribu-tions. They provided intellectual leadership,numerous rounds of meticulous edits andcomments, and long hours of their personaltime to the project. While we are deeply in-debted to them, it is important to note thatthey do not necessarily agree with all thecontent of the report. The views, fi ndingsand recommendations here are the respon-sibility of the authors and the Center for American Progress.The task force members included RobertBoorstin, Elizabeth Economy, Erin Ennis,Michael Fuchs, Bates Gill, Andy Grotto,Harry Harding, Sharon Hom, James Mann,Evan Medeiros, Peter Rundlet, AndrewScobell, Rebecca Schultz, Adam Segal,David Shlapak, Michael Swaine, and AnneThurston. A number of guests and present-ers attended task force meetings, and wewould like to thank them for their work. We also bene fi ted greatly from the addition-al comments, edits, and oversights of ourreviewers, including Richard Bush, RogerCliff, Rudy deLeon, Kenneth Lieberthal, Jim Loi, Andy Nathan, Bill Overholt,Ira Shapiro, and William Schulz.Robert Sussman, Senior Fellow at theCenter and a veteran of the energy andenvironmental policy fi elds, was instrumen-tal in drafting the report’s lead chapter onClimate Change and Energy.The report re fl ects only the opinions of the authors and the Center for AmericanProgress. The authors take full responsibilityfor any errors that may appear in it. Partici-pation of task force members and reviewersis not an endorsement of the content andopinions of this report.  iii    iii    Contents   1 M EMORANDUM   TO   THE P RESIDENT - ELECT 3 I NTRODUCTION    AND   SUMMARY   4 A P ROGRESSIVE S TRATEGY : U.S. S TRATEGIC G OALS   7 U.S.-C HINA    POLICY   PRIORITIES   13 U NDERSTANDING   THE   CHALLENGE   OF    A    RISING C HINA    15 U.S. S TRATEGIC G OALS   IN S INO -U.S. R ELATIONS   16 A  PROGRESSIVE C HINA    STRATEGY   22 A  N U NSUSTAINABLE E NVIRONMENT   24 C LIMATE   CHANGE    AND   ENERGY   SECURITY   35 B  ALANCED    AND   SUSTAINABLE   GLOBAL   GROWTH   50 A  SIA  -P  ACIFIC   REGIONAL   SECURITY   57 M ILITARY   MODERNIZATION   63 S TABILITY   IN   THE T  AIWAN S TRAIT   69 G OVERNANCE    AND   INDIVIDUAL   RIGHTS  74 C ONCLUSION   75 A  CKNOWLEDGEMENTS   76 A  BOUT   THE A  UTHORS  77 E NDNOTES
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