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Thomas Barnett recommends US never go to war with China (7)

20:07, June 13, 2010

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Fortunately Thomas Barnett and others such as General Peter Pace, former Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs in the last Bush administration, recognize that the US needs a new approach with China. But neither they nor President Obama have announced that they have worked out what the US's 21st century China policies should be. They are obvious to President Hu Jintao and other Chinese policymakers, including China's military, but the Chinese have not been able to get Americans to understand. The new approach is presented in the America China Partnership Book Series, which the Chinese state created a "New School of US-China Relations" in 2009. It has been summarized in a shared blueprint for American and Chinese policymakers in A White Paper for the Presidents of America and China. And the American people have elected a President like Barack Obama who recognizes the change is urgently required. Both were essential to get the need for the obvious new policies understood in America.

During the past six American presidents' administrations, three generations of China's policymakers' have unilaterally implemented the Principles of Peaceful Coexistence. American policymakers have not realized how profoundly that benefits America. That failure is astonishing after the Korean War and Vietnam Wars in which American policymakers' tested China's conventional military prowess. Nonetheless China has been unilaterally implementing the Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, which American policymakers enshrined in the UN Charter after the globally catastrophic lessons of World Wars I and II. The last time the nations of the world faced economic conditions like those we face today, our forefathers endured a ten-year global depression and five year global war. It ended with the invention and use of weapons and science so powerful that a replay of past mistakes will likely make the earth uninhabitable by our species.

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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]