The outline of a Romney China policy?

August 20, 2012

Aaron Friedberg is a professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton and the author of A Contest for Supremacy:  China, America and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia.  He is also a foreign policy adviser to the Romney campaign, and has just published a long piece in the new issue of Foreign Affairs that likely is the outline of what would be a Romney Administration’s China policy.    Such a policy would continue along the ideas of the “pivot” to the Western Pacific that the Obama Administration has begun, but it would attempt to be more muscular (relatively so, given the financial constraints that will face the nation in the next half decade) and possibly more confrontational.  Personally, I applaud “the pivot,” although it does seem to be a bit toothless, and I am glad to see someone thinking about putting some actual force behind what has so far been a feint.  I have not been impressed with the few foreign policy statements that Romney himself has made, so I am gratified to see that he is surrounding himself with more serious people who are making more serious statements


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