Former U.S. Official Condemns Campaign China Bashing, Calls for Improving U.S.-China Relations
New York, NY (PRWEB) October 24, 2012
China has become an all-purpose scapegoat in the presidential campaign for politicians of both parties seeking to shift blame to foreigners for the unemployment and personal suffering caused by the prolonged recession, according to former White House and State Department official Donald Gross, author of a groundbreaking new book, THE CHINA FALLACY: How the U.S. Can Benefit from China's Rise and Avoid Another Cold War.
"Amid the scurrilous China bashing, it is critical to remember that the global financial crisis began on Wall Street, not in Beijing. Trade with China - America's third-largest export market - has helped pull the United States out of the economic recession," said Gross.
In his thought-provoking and landmark new book, Gross argues that instead of hyping the dangers of China's rise, Americans need to recognize that the United States is now at a historical crossroads in the Asia Pacific. It can either continue seeking to contain China while adopting more protectionist measures that restrict Chinese trade and investment. Or it can strive to achieve a new paradigm for improved U.S.-China relations, drawing on America's superior military, economic and political power.
Many Americans believe a future war with a rising China is inevitable. While "China hawks" argue that China seeks to push the U.S. out of Asia and dominate the world, protectionists contend that China threatens American jobs and prosperity.
Gross challenges the conventional wisdom underlying current policy toward China. He shows how the strategy of seeking to contain China, developed in the Bush administration and accelerated under President Obama, makes America less secure - and weakens the hands of Chinese reformers seeking democracy and human rights. He explains why adopting protectionist measures against China - America's third-largest export market - harms U.S. prosperity.
Gross calls for achieving a "stable peace" with China and negotiating inclusive free trade agreements that will bring greater American prosperity - consistent with principles for good Sino-American relations advanced by presidents from Nixon to Clinton.
Sure to provoke controversy, THE CHINA FALLACY is critical reading for anyone who wants to understand past, present and future U.S. policy toward China.
To watch an interview with the author, click here.
To look inside the book, click here.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Donald Gross is a policy expert, strategist and lawyer who also serves as adjunct fellow of Pacific Forum CSIS, a non-profit research institute affiliated with the Center for Strategic and International Studies. A former State Department official, he developed diplomatic strategy toward East Asia and negotiated sensitive international agreements. Earlier, he was a counselor of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament agency and director of legislative affairs at the National Security Council in the White House.
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