Chinese straight talker on the forest for the trees : Tianjin-born, American-educated China realist Yan Xuetong 阎学通 in an interview with the 7.96m circulation Japanese national daily Asahi Shimbun.
Q: You published an article under the title, “It Is a Football Game Rather than a Boxing Match” to describe Sino-U.S relations.
A: Exactly. I think that the rivalry between the Soviet Union and the United States was like a boxing match. They tried to knock each other down to the point of death. But China and the United States try to win a game by scoring more points. They try to win with smartness, strength and good strategy. There will be no major violence.
Also – see Yan Xuetong on Chinese Realism, the Tsinghua School of International Relations, and the Impossibility of Harmony at TheoryTalks (November 28, 2012_
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INTERVIEW/ Yan Xuetong: China, U.S. should seek cooperation without trust
By YOICHI KATO/ National Security Correspondent
Source – Asahi Shimbun, published December 24, 2012
BEIJING–Conflict between China and the United States is inevitable, says Yan Xuetong, dean of the Institute of Modern International Relations at Tsinghua University in China.
In an interview with The Asahi Shimbun, the foreign policy hard-liner said Beijing’s recently announced national goal of a “great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation” does not sit well with the unipolar leadership of the United States.
He criticized Washington’s new policy of a pivot or rebalancing toward Asia as exacerbating strategic rivalry. He argues that both countries should drop the illusion of nurturing mutual trust and instead pursue cooperative relations without trust.
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