U.S. policy toward China is once again becoming a political issue in this year's presidential election campaign. What are the main elements in the present American strategy toward Beijing? Who is criticizing that policy, and why? What alternatives are they suggesting? And is there likely to be a change in the American approach to China when the new administration takes office in January 2009?
Dr. Harry Harding is University Professor of International Affairs at George Washington University in Washington, DC, a Senior Fellow in the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society in New York, and a Counselor to Eurasia Group, a political risk research and consulting firm headquartered in New York. Dr. Harding was a member of the faculties of Swarthmore College (1970-71) and Stanford University (1971-83), and has served as a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution (1983-94), Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University (1995-2005), and Director of Research and Analysis at Eurasia Group (2005-07). Among his published works is A Fragile Relationship: The United States and China since 1972.