Accession Number:

ADA535780

Title:

U.S.-China Relations: Policy Issues

Descriptive Note:

Congressional rept.

Corporate Author:

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2011-01-12

Pagination or Media Count:

44.0

Abstract:

As Chinas economy has expanded to become the second largest in the world, and as Chinas geopolitical clout has grown commensurately, the United States has sought to broaden the U.S.-China relationship to encompass a wide range of global and regional issues. Among the global issues on which the Obama Administration has sought to work with China are the international financial crisis, climate change, and nuclear non-proliferation. In remarks in July 2009, President Obama declared that partnership between the United States and China was a prerequisite for progress on many of the most pressing global challenges. Continuing major bilateral issues in the relationship include trade and investment concerns, human rights, and Taiwan. Two years into the Obama Administration, U.S. officials point to some successes in their efforts to work with China on global issues, including coordination of stimulus spending to address the global financial crisis and cooperation in negotiating new sanctions against Iran and North Korea over their nuclear programs. U.S. officials continue, however, to urge China to shoulder more responsibility for addressing challenges that affect the broad international community. For their part, many Chinese elites view such calls with suspicion, fearing that the West is intent on making China take on responsibilities for which it is unprepared in order to slow Chinas rise. In the 112th Congress, interest is expected to remain strong in such issues as Chinas currency policy, cooperation on climate change, competition between the U.S. and Chinese militaries in Asia, U.S. and Chinese policy toward Taiwan, conditions in Tibet, and the fate of Chinas political prisoners.s

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE