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Ten questions for President Obama (2)

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To facilitate the urgently needed breakthroughs aligning America and China's success, A White Paper for the Presidents of America and China delivered to Ambassador Huntsman and China's State Council on November 1, 2009 presented ten questions President Obama could focus on with President Hu Jintao in order to achieve solutions to America's and China's economic and national security dangers:

1. Does President Obama believe that for America to win China must lose as many Americans do?

2. Does President Obama believe that it is necessary in order to protect America's economic and national security to prepare for and conduct a war with China? If he decides it is, will he seek to raise Americans' taxes or seek to borrow money from China to prepare for and conduct a war with China? If he decides that it is not, he can explain to America's policymakers and people why a new collaborative mindset and new economic and foreign policies, and military strategies are essential to ensure America's economic and national security.

3. Does President Obama believe that some aspects of American policymakers' conventional mindset and America's economic and foreign policies and military strategies undermine America's economic and national security? For example, America and China don't yet but must collaborate on procuring the oil they each need, as this will benefit both nations, and the many other nations depending on the fragile global oil trade and supply chain.

The reality is that the largest and second largest economies each consume more oil than they produce. American policy currently seeks to prevent Chinese companies from buying American oil companies; obtaining oil from America's sources and obstruct China from obtaining oil from nations that America disapproves of. Such policies benefit neither nation, and harm other nations. Many American policymakers believe competition over oil will lead to war. But a few recognize that America and China must collaborate rather than compete for oil for either to be economically and militarily secure. Only as economic and military allies with aligned and synchronized interests can America and China, which consume 42% of the world's oil, ensure they each get the oil their economies need. They also could stabilize oil prices, which have fluctuated (from US $ 43 to US $ 147 a barrel) recently to the detriment of all nations' economic stability and growth. As collaborative partners, rather than antagonists America and China can help to repair the failed and failing states whose instability endangers all nations.

4. Does President Obama believe that safe-guarding America's economic and national security require that America reciprocate and base its economic and foreign policies and military strategies toward China on the Principles of Peaceful Coexistence and an fundamentally different 21st century collaboration of civilizations instead of a 20th century clash of civilizations paradigm?

5. In what way does President Obama believe that America preparing for or conducting a war with China will benefit America?

If President Obama believes that America and China's collaboration on both defense and economic matters are intertwined and essential, then such collaboration becomes much more achievable. The Obama administration's current approach of confronting China on China's core issues while desperately seeking China's help in protecting core issues for America will certainly hinder the economic security of America and China and many other nations. If President Obama decides that he supports reciprocating China's long standing efforts to achieve a genuine and successful partnership with America, then President Hu and China's other policymakers and people will welcome this with sincere relief.

6. Does President Obama believe that China will voluntarily abandon its thirty year old unilateral implementation of the Principles of Peaceful Coexistence with America and all other nations during his administration?

7. Does President Obama believe that America's economic and national security require that he lead in instilling a new mindset of collaboration between the American and Chinese civilizations?
China has laid the foundations for the alignment of America and China's economic and national security and 21st century goals with China's unilateral implementation of the Principles of Peaceful Coexistence towards America?

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John Milligan-Whyte and Dai Min are the executive producers and co-hosts of the Collaboration of Civilizations television series adapted by the eight books they wrote in the America-China Partnership Book Series published in English and Mandarin in 2009-2010. They founded the America-China Partnership Foundation and Forum in 2008 and the Center for America-China Partnership in 2005. E-mail: [email protected]

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