YAF, October 20, 2016
Ying Ma addressed the Young America’s Foundation’s Fall High School Conference last week at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, California. To view the speech, please click HERE.
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.)
The National Interest (Online), August 4, 2015
–By Ying Ma
Inside a modern lecture hall at The George Washington University (GW), a well-respected guest lecturer from China addressed me and the other women in his audience as “female comrades.”
I nearly spat out my tea.
It was a lazy April Saturday afternoon in Washington, DC. I had come to GW to attend a symposium sponsored by the university’s Confucius Institute, a Chinese language and cultural center. Meant to be a vehicle for exporting China’s soft power, Confucius Institutes—funded by Beijing and numbering over four hundred—have sprung up around the world during the past decade.
To read this piece in its entirety, please click HERE.
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.
Wall Street Journal Asia, December 8, 2014
–Op-Ed by Ying Ma
Chinese President Xi Jinping ’s anticorruption campaign garnered splashy headlines over the weekend when authorities arrested Zhou Yongkang, China’s former chief of domestic security. But while observers expound on the significance of this latest development in Beijing’s power struggle, another case deserves attention as well—that of journalist Shen Hao.
Locked up for nearly two months before Mr. Zhou’s formal arrest, Mr. Shen is one of China’s finest contemporary writers. He has been charged with extortion, embezzlement and other crimes and has repeatedly confessed to his wrongdoing on state television. Yet confessions do not a guilty man make. In fact, this case provides a poignant reminder that the rights of the accused deserve far better protection under the Chinese legal system.
[Click HERE to read the entire article on WSJ.com.]
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.]