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CO-OPERATION V CONFRONTATION

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Graham Perry
Experienced Arbitration Lawyer | China & Chinese Business Affairs | Public Speaker/Lecturer.

GOOD MORNING FROM LONDON #193

Mao Tsetug wrote in 1947 about how rivalry embraces two opposed phenomena; co-operation + confrontation. In 1956 he wrote about Contradictions + the Momentum of Development. His words apply in any examination of the rise of China + the decline of the US. Sometimes they fight + sometimes they talk. Peace is not permanent + war is not permanent.

So there is conflict over Taiwan, Xinjiang and S China Sea but there is a partnership over climate change. Kerry’s visit to Beijing underlines that there are times when both sides have more to gain from cooperation than conflict. A rare moment of collaboration in a strained relationship.

But there are “buts”. China’s suggestion at Anchorage that the two countries set up a dedicated working group on climate change was not taken up. The US does not feel it can show such cooperation. A Cold War mentality persists in Washington.

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