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China, Foreign Policy, And Our Economy

Steve Scher
11/30/2010 at 9:00 a.m.

Tensions are building rapidly between China and the United States. According to The New York Times, "American officials speak of an alarming loss of trust and confidence between China and the United States over the past two years." Why are we in this dangerous spiral? Meanwhile, China has been rapidly devaluing its currency while the US has been keeping interest rates extremely low. Many economists believe that China's actions will have a negative impact on US economic recovery and the US–China trade balance. How does the economy affect our foreign policy decisions about China, and vice versa?


David Denoon is a professor of politics and economics at New York University and director of the NYU Center on US–China Relations.

Adam Segal is a Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Richard Baum is a professor of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles. His most recent book is "China Watcher: Confessions of a Peking Tom."

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