Cooperation in Depth, Competition in Control: Shaping “a New Type of Great Power Relationship” in Favor of the United States

By Emily S. Chen

A response to this piece written by Genevieve Neilson can be found here.

Abstract:With a fear of impairing its national interests from being provocative toward others, a country is obligated to deal with international relations with caution in the current world. The novel concept of “a new type of great power relationship” between the United States and China is a product of such an era. Even though the notion was first introduced by China to unleash itself from existing Western-led international agendas, the United States can proactively frame it in its favor by creating a framework of “constructive engagement,” in which cooperation and conflict management are emphasized, thereby preparing the two nations for an extensive political and economic partnership in the long run.

About the Author:Emily S. Chen is the 2014-2015 Silas Palmer Fellow and a graduate student in East Asian Studies at Stanford University with a focus on international relations. Her research interests and publications revolve around China’s foreign relations and fall into four categories: Sino- Japanese relations, Sino-American relations, cross-Taiwan Strait relations, and U.S. foreign policy towards Northeast Asia. Her writings have been featured in CSIS’s PacNet Newsletter, The National Interest, The Diplomat, Stimson Spotlight, East Asia Forum, Stanford International Policy Review, and China Hands.

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