Friday February 21, 2020


Obama CoverU.S.-China Policy Foundation president, Professor Chi Wang, recently published a new book on President Obama’s China policy. This book explores U.S.-China relations under the leadership of President Barack Obama and discusses how his decisions set the stage for a new era in U.S.-China relations. The book outlines Barack Obama’s own personal worldview and the backgrounds of the advisors that made up his China team; it details the major events in U.S.-China relations from 2009 to 2014; and addresses Sino-U.S. relations and interactions with regards to various issues: economics, military relations, climate change, human rights, and multilateral cooperation in regional and international organizations. Finally, the book ends with timely suggestions for how to improve the U.S.-China relationship and ensure a peaceful future.

Praise for Obama’s Challenge to China: The Pivot to Asia

“As objective and detailed an account as we will ever have of the Obama administration’s conduct of Sino-American relations and the events, trends, and issues now pushing the two countries toward rivalry. Perfect for classes on US-China relations.”

Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, ret.), former Assistant Secretary of Defense, USA

“China’s new leader Xi Jinping says he wants a new pattern of great power relations with the United States. Today, as Dr Wang assesses, this relationship is ‘somewhere between deterrence and reassurance’. His comprehensive, detailed and well-documented study puts in context the issues that must form a strategy for managing relations with a country that will shape the world of the 21st century.”

Richard H. Solomon, former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific; former President of the United States Institute of Peace

“‘In Obama’s Challenge to China, Chi Wang argues that President Obama’s China policy shifted between “erring first on the side of deference and then on the side of confrontation”, and he also argues that Beijing was not reticent in asserting its own power in this regard. This volume calls for a new, shared vision, one anchored in the construction of inclusive economic and security institutions in Asia rather than the current divisive effort to construct parallel, but competitive, economic and security structures.”

David M. Lampton, Johns Hopkins SAIS, USA

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