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The grand strategy for US and China's success

10:38, November 22, 2010

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John Milligan-Whyte and Dai Min

China is succeeding and America is failing. In response, America's increasingly hostile economic and aggressive military moves are manipulating China into abandoning Deng Xiaoping's policy of peaceful coexistence and openness to American trade and business policies? the reforms that have caused China's economic success. U.S. policymakers assume incorrectly that the United States can only win if China loses.

Why does mistakenly linking America's future success with China's success make sense to U.S. policymakers? Newsweek magazine commented on May 20, 2009, "To be blunt, America is out of practice at dealing with an independent source of national power. For two decades the United States has been the undisputed hegemony. For 40 years before that, America was the leader of the free world. As a result, American thinkers and policymakers have become accustomed to having all policy decisions of consequence go through Washington. Our current generation of leaders and thinkers are simply unprepared for the idea of other countries taking the lead in matters of the global economic order." The European Union, Chinese and other policymakers will need to help U.S. policymakers recognize that they must replace the clash of civilizations with collaboration for the global economy to recover and for mankind to survive.

Thomas Friedman wrote in the New York Times on November 2, 2010: "Having traveled to both China and India in the last few weeks, here's a scary thought I have: What if -- for all the hype about China, India and globalization -- they're actually under-hyped? What if these sleeping giants are just finishing a 20-year process of getting the basic technological and educational infrastructure in place to become innovation hubs and that we haven't seen anything yet?" That is the right question, at last, from the West.

What if China and India continue to develop the economic potential of half of mankind? Does that mean the United States is doomed to decline? "Yes," if the United States continues to view the escape from poverty of other civilizations as a threat to be blocked. "No" if President Obama and other Western leaders promote a collaboration of civilizations approach, that the Chinese call "the Principles of Peaceful Coexistence" for a "harmonious world," which is their goal.

In 1993, an American professor at Harvard, Samuel Huntington, published an article: "The Clash of Civilizations" in Foreign Affairs magazine that "stirred up more discussion in three years than any other article they had published since the 1940s." It was controversial among American policymakers and scholars because it asked how it will be possible for America to dominate and stabilize the international system after winning the contest between capitalism and communism.

In 1996, Huntington published his book, The Clash of Civilizations and Remaking of World Order, which he wrote was "meant to be an interpretation of the evolution of global politics after the Cold War" and "aspires to present a framework, a paradigm, for viewing global politics that will be meaningful to scholars and useful to policymakers." He focused on some but not all of the correct problems and provided many essential insights. But he failed to identify all of the new required approach and solutions.
He accepted, the empirical accuracy of the view that, "There can be no true friends without true enemies. These are the old truths we are painfully rediscovering after a century and more of sentimental cant. Those who deny them, deny their family, their heritage, their culture, their birthright and their very selves! They will not lightly be forgiven. The unfortunate truth in these old truths cannot be ignored by statesmen and scholars. For peoples seeking identity and reinventing ethnicity, enemies are essential. The potentially most dangerous enmities occur across the fault lines between the world's major civilizations." The premise that the clash of civilizations is inevitable (rather than that achieving the collaboration of civilizations is essential) is a fundamental and dangerous assumption in The Clash of Civilization and the Remaking of World Order.

The fundamental defense strategy, foreign policy and scientific research issue of our lifetime and our descendants is how to prevent human extinction. Huntington does not focus on and suggest solutions to our fundamental issue. Mankind has no future in the Age of Species Lethal Weapons and Science we live in. Therefore the future of mankind is the collaboration of civilizations.

The New School does not accept the premise that the clash of civilizations is the "unfortunate truth" that should be the basis that statesmen and scholars must accept and act upon. It is a key problem that "cannot be ignored." But, eliminating the clash of civilizations must be a fundamental goal and guiding principle in the work of statesman, scholars, opinion leaders and teachers. It is far too dangerous in the Age of Species Lethal Weapons and Science.

Until President Obama is presented with a grand strategy explaining how both America and China can be successful, his administration's increasingly hostile economic, trade and foreign policy and military aggressiveness will attack China's economic and national security. That is happening even though it can only decrease America's economic recovery and exports to the second largest economy and the world's most important 21st century market. The United States' current confrontational "all balls in the air" hostile trade and military actions seek to harm China.

U.S. policymakers have what they term a "mature relationship" with China in which they seek to undermine China economic and national security while seeking Chinese policymakers' support for U.S. economic interests and ill-advised military goals. U.S. policy is designed to be beneficial only for America. As U.S. hostility to China intensifies, it is destabilizing all nations' economic and national security.

Today there are two proposed grand strategies developed by Americans explaining how America and China's relationship and the world can become immediately and permanently stable. They were independently developed and compatible. Implementing them will enable President Obama to preserve America's global leadership and achieve solutions quickly to the economic, unemployment, political and national security crises enraging the American people, which U.S. policymakers are currently unable to solve.

The Center for America China Partnership, explained its new grand strategy in eight books in the America-China Partnership Book Series. The Chinese recognized it in 2009 as "creating the New School of U.S.-China Relations providing a complete answer for America and China's success in the 21st century." Its grand strategy is for the United States and China to implement new reciprocal economic globalization and peaceful coexistence policies.

A White Paper for the Presidents of America and China that introduces its grand strategy was used in President Hu's preparations for meetings with President Obama. It is now available for free download on the Internet. The grand strategy is elaborated on in China & America's Responsibilities in Mankind's Future, published in 2010 has been translated and will soon be published in Mandarin by China's Central Party School. It translated and published China & America's Leadership in Peaceful Coexistence in January 2010 giving it the subtitle China-US Relations in the Obama Administration: Facing Shared Challenges.

Both focus on why and how to achieve the collaboration of civilizations and provide the urgently required 21st century conceptual system, grand strategy and "framework, a paradigm, for viewing global politics." It is essential for the United States' political, economic and human rights to be sustained in this century's rapidly changing circumstance. Two earlier books published in 2010 in the America-China Partnership Book Series created a "New School of US-China Relations" focused on creating the collaboration of civilizations.

Thomas Barnett, who is a leading U.S. military and economic globalization strategist, developed the other grand strategy. It is explained in his books, The Pentagon's New Map and A Blueprint for Action: A Future Worth Creating. Like the White Paper, they have been published in English and Mandarin. His third book, America and the World After Bush should be also be translated and published by the Central Party School so that American policymakers can be sure that China supports his ideas. His grand strategy also calls for America and China to cooperate militarily and economically bilaterally and with other nations in stabilizing failed and failing states by connecting them economically with the benefits of the global economy.

Until China's policymakers present President Obama with a grand strategy explaining how the world's two largest economies and most influential nations can both be successful, his administration's policymakers' hostile economic, trade and military aggressiveness will increasingly attack China's economic and national security. Why must it be the Chinese who do so? Because the only way China's policymakers can safely protect China is by focusing President Obama and his administration on a new grand strategy for both American and Chinese success.

John Milligan-Whyte has been called the "new Edgar Snow" and "21st century Kissinger" and is the winner of Social Responsibility Award from the 2010 Summit of China Business Leaders. John Milligan-Whyte and Dai Min are co-hosts of the Collaboration of Civilizations television series, founders of the Center for America-China Partnership, which has been recognized as "the first American think tank to combine and integrate American and Chinese perspectives providing a complete answer for American and Chinese success in the 21st century," and the authors of the America-China Partnership Book Series that created a "New School of America-China Relations."

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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]