Susan Shirk is chair of the 21st Century China Center at the University of California, San Diego. She served as U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 1997 to 2000.
Pro-democracy protesters are arrested by police in Hong Kong in protest of China's new security legislation.
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 28: President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel in the Oval Office of the White House, January 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. On Saturday, President Trump is making several phone calls with world leaders from Japan, Germany, Russia, France and Australia. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
The Google logo is reflected in windows of the company's China head office as the Chinese national flag flies in the wind in Beijing on March 23, 2010 after the US web giant said it would no longer filter results and was redirecting mainland Chinese users to an uncensored site in Hong Kong -- effectively closing down the mainland site. Google's decision to effectively shut down its Chinese-language search engine is likely to stunt the development of the Internet in China and isolate local web users, analysts say. AFP PHOTO/LI XIN (Photo credit should read li xin/AFP/Getty Images)
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