Xieyao ChenFollow

Publication Date

Winter 12-3-2013


Helms School of Government


Government: Politics and Policy


Sino-U.S. Relations, Pacific Asia


Since the turn of the twenty-first century, the international community has been confronted with numerous challenges and power shifts. On the one hand, upheavals in the Middle East greatly challenge world peace. On the other hand, a rapidly developing Asia is gradually changing the international structure. Many scholars in the United States worry that America’s liberty and security are challenged by all kinds of political, cultural, and strategic changes. Both domestic and foreign policies are facing hard choices of what should be done next.

This paper focuses on the question of what appropriate foreign policy the U.S. should pursue in the Asia-Pacific, particularly toward China—one of the major powers in East Asia. The main presupposition is that the two countries should firmly consider cooperation as the primary foreign policy goal because good Sino-American relations would not only bring about mutual benefits, but also facilitate the peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific area on a large scale. The paper will discuss the inevitable necessity of improving Sino-American relations and mutual understanding from different perspectives.