Originally published on Fox News, July 16, 2017
Chinese leaders are determined to challenge U.S. dominance in Asia and had never planned on asking for American permission, no matter who occupies the White House.
U.S. global leadership also is not premised on blindly following the preferences of other countries. Additionally, under Trump’s predecessor, U.S. foreign policy bounced between setback and blunder, especially in Asia. The Trump administration would be wise not to rush into the same exercise.
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The John Batchelor Show, February 17, 2016
Ying Ma appeared on The John Batchelor Show to discuss the Ben Carson for President 2016 Campaign, the current foreign policy debate in the U.S. presidential race and China’s recent installation of air-to-surface missiles on Woody Island in the South China Sea.
To listen to the program, please click HERE. (The interview begins at 10:20.)
NationalInterest.org, June 17, 2015
–By Ying Ma
China’s large-scale construction of artificial islands in the hotly disputed waters of the South China Sea has led many in Washington to call for a tougher stance against Beijing. While China no doubt bears much responsibility for pursuing murky and ambitious territorial claims with aggressive actions, contending with China’s rise also requires a lot more than just getting tough.
During the course of the Obama administration, Beijing has reacted negatively not just to the administration’s gestures of goodwill but also to its more confrontational actions and rhetoric. A look back at the missteps early in the Obama administration would offer a useful guide to prescribing future action. The China Challenge: Shaping the Choices of a Rising Power, a new book by noted China scholar Thomas Christensen, provides precisely such a guide.
To read the entire piece, please click HERE.
WSJ.com, April 27, 2015
–Column by Ying Ma
During Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Washington, D.C. this week to discuss trade and security issues and address a joint session of Congress, his penchant for whitewashing his country’s World War II history will be closely scrutinized.
Already, a bipartisan group of Congressmen have called on Mr. Abe to “squarely face history.” In a letter last week to Japanese Ambassador to the United States Kenichiro Sasae, 25 members of the House of Representatives urged the Japanese leader to use his upcoming visit to “formally reaffirm and validate” past apologies issued by Japan for its wartime aggression.
However, many others in Congress are either unfamiliar with Japan’s historical amnesia or happy to gloss over it themselves. Those who care about the U.S.’s moral leadership and interests in Asia should urge Mr. Abe to get right with history.
To read the entire column, please click HERE.
WSJ.com, March 13, 2015
–Commentary by Ying Ma
China announced a robust 10.1% increase to its military budget at the opening of the country’s annual legislative session in Beijing last week, signaling that it has no intention of reversing efforts to better defend its interests in the Pacific. Meanwhile, at another major political meeting near Washington D.C. – last month’s Conservative Political Action Conference – Republican presidential hopefuls barely mentioned China or Asia at all.
Are GOP candidates for the 2016 presidential race going to make the mistake of ignoring China’s importance as a foreign policy challenge for the U.S.?
Hardly. In fact, the 2016 U.S. presidential race on the Republican side is shaping up to be one where the major candidates are likely to bring real policy gravitas, not just caricatures and jingoism, to discussions about U.S. policy toward China and Asia.
To read entire column, please click HERE.
WSJ.com, November 7, 2014
–Commentary by Ying Ma
As U.S. President Barack Obama gets ready to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping following the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing next week, relations between the world’s two largest economies are mired in a troubling inertia.
On issues ranging from heated territorial disputes with neighbors to harassment of the U.S. military in international air space, China shows no interest in backing down from challenging the U.S.-led order in Asia. The solution, many in Washington argue, is to strengthen U.S. resolve and capacity against Beijing, but it seems prudent to also ask: Has the Obama administration sent the proper reassurances to China that responsible behavior would be welcomed?
(To read the entire article, please click HERE.)
WSJ.com, September 23, 2014
–Commentary by Ying Ma
U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice visited China earlier this month to pave the way for President Barack Obama’s upcoming meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping after an Asia-Pacific trade summit in Beijing this November. Rice’s visit produced no breakthroughs, and each side walked away having voiced their gripes against the other.
In many ways, Rice’s visit was indicative of a Sino-American relationship that is currently fraught with tension. Prior to Obama’s November visit, his administration should do some serious soul searching about its China policy.
In the face of a rising and more assertive China, many in Washington have argued that the United States must demonstrate firmer resolve to force China to back down from challenging the U.S.-led security order in Asia. These recommendations are dangerous, argues Hugh White, professor of Strategic Studies at the Australian National University, because China is serious about challenging U.S. primacy in Asia and has no interest in backing down.
[To read the rest of the article, please click HERE.]