Challenged by Romney, Obama has now adopted a tougher stance toward China. On Sept. 28, he cited the US Defense Production Act to block Chinese-controlled Ralls Corp from building four wind farms close to a naval base in Oregon due to national security concerns. He has also repeatedly brought China to the WTO’s Solution Mechanism for Disputes for engaging in unfair trade practices. Moreover, he is gradually moving the US toward a containment of China as he shifts the center of US global strategy toward Asia.
During Obama’s second term, it will be easier for his administration to deal with the challenges posed by China’s rise and the new administration led by its next president, Xi Jinping (習近平). If Beijing and Washington want to promote regional coexistence and mutual prosperity in the face of Obama’s strategic shift toward the Asia-Pacific region, they will have to find their way forward through the friction as they go.
Lin Cheng-yi is a research fellow at Academia Sinica’s Institute of European and American Studies.
Translated By Eddy Chang