The rise of China as a modern superpower has prompted a variety of questions in the U.S. and around the world. From the height of the Qing empire to the present day, how has China approached the world? What is Beijing’s geopolitical “grand strategy,” and how might the U.S. respond as China seeks to shape its future in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond? Dan Blumenthal, Director of Asian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), discusses these and related questions.
Photo:National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Ambassador to China Terry Branstad, State Councilor Yang Jiechi, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, White House Senior Aide Jared Kushner, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Director of Social Media and Assistant to the President Dan Scavino Jr., Chinese Ambassador to the U.S. Cui Tiankai, and Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Zheng Zeguang during President Trump and the First Lady’s tour of the Forbidden City, Beijing, China on November 8, 2017. [State Department photo/Public Domain]
BIO: Dan Blumenthal
Dan Blumenthal is the director of Asian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses on East Asian security issues and Sino-American relations. Mr. Blumenthal has both served in and advised the U.S. government on China issues for over a decade. From 2001 to 2004, he served as senior director for China, Taiwan, and Mongolia at the Department of Defense. Additionally, he served as a commissioner on the congressionally-mandated U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission since 2006-2012, and held the position of vice chairman in 2007. He has also served on the Academic Advisory Board of the congressional U.S.-China Working Group. Mr. Blumenthal is the co-author of “An Awkward Embrace: The United States and China in the 21st Century” (AEI Press, November 2012).
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