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Beijing Memo: What America’s Halfhearted ‘Pivot’ to Asia Must Look Like from Afar

MEMORANDUM: Strategic Planning To: Central Military Commission Chairman, Xi Jinping From: Vice Chairman, Gen. Fan Changlong / Vice Chairman, Gen. Xu Qiliang / Minister of National Defense, Gen. Chang Wanquan / Chief of PLA General Staff, Gen. Fang Fenghui U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice (who is not related to George W. Bush’s national security ...

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MEMORANDUM:
Strategic Planning

To: Central Military Commission Chairman, Xi Jinping

From: Vice Chairman, Gen. Fan Changlong / Vice Chairman, Gen. Xu Qiliang / Minister of National Defense, Gen. Chang Wanquan / Chief of PLA General Staff, Gen. Fang Fenghui


MEMORANDUM:
Strategic Planning

To: Central Military Commission Chairman, Xi Jinping

From: Vice Chairman, Gen. Fan Changlong / Vice Chairman, Gen. Xu Qiliang / Minister of National Defense, Gen. Chang Wanquan / Chief of PLA General Staff, Gen. Fang Fenghui

U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice (who is not related to George W. Bush’s national security advisor Condoleezza Rice) repeated all the usual platitudes about working together and delivered the usual American bounty of scolding and arrogant demands in meetings preparatory to President Barack Obama’s November visit. Despite our assertions of indisputable sovereignty at their close-in reconnaissance, the Americans still fail to understand that the new model of great-power relations means they must now change their behavior to accommodate us.

Obama claims his administration is "pivoting" to Asia, and that certainly reflects the American aspiration to contain us. Our strength is growing at a faster rate than that of any country in history, and the Americans are scrambling to lock in their advantages before we are fully in the position of setting the rules. Their military is toughened from more than a decade of fighting, they have a history of alarming innovation, and their relationships with countries in Asia give them springboards to operate in our region. But their unrestrained appetites and reckless policies present opportunities we did not have before.

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Kori Schake is the director of foreign and defense policy at the American Enterprise Institute, a former U.S. government official in foreign and security policy, and the author of America vs the West: Can the Liberal World Order Be Preserved? Twitter: @KoriSchake

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