China in Focus #7: Remembering the Beijing Olympics

With the Olympics approaching I thought it would be a good time to look back at U.S. views of China during the Obama era. The 2008 summer games in Beijing took place in the context of the successful political campaign that carried Barack Obama into the White House. While China did not figure prominently in the campaign, it is worth remembering that Obama’s democratic opponent, now his Secretary of State, called on President George W. Bush to boycott the opening ceremony. Candidate Obama presaged his administration’s China policy by saying he was “of two minds" on the boycott, preferring to be polite while making it clear he would take a tougher line on China than his predecessors. 

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China in Focus #6: China is Not the Soviet Union

The “Cultural Revolution” led to a violent civil conflict for control of the Chinese Communist Party that plunged the country into chaos for a decade.

New York Times reporter David Sanger’s Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power, better known for being at the root of an election-year political controversy over national security leaks, paints a disquieting picture of the Obama administration’s perceptions of contemporary China. 

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