South China Morning Post, 6/24/20

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/opinion/article/3090305/us-china-bashing-rooted-myths-western-superiority

Abstract: Across the centuries, Europe propagated anti-Chinese stereotypes as a response to the perceived threats to European might. Whatever the differences between China and the U.S. today — and that is getting harder to discriminate — China once provided Western liberals with a model of a less stratified society fostering rational policies for the public benefit. A rational response to China requires distinguishing between its beneficial policies and those we might reject, but in the heat of hysteria, that is difficult to do. This might be a good time for both sides to revisit their shared, cosmopolitan past.

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South China Morning Pos, 1/31/21

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/opinion/article/3119848/could-bidens-plan-unity-us-help-patch-relations-china

Abstract: Donald Trump’s us/them, zero-sum logic has not only divided the U.S. His racist agenda also exacerbates U.S./China relations. Stereotypes about a democratic West and a Despotic China do not stand up to scrutiny. In fact, Merrick Garland’s understanding of law could serve as a paraphrase of a ninth-century Chinese definition of law. Biden’s political thinking is broadly Jeffersonian, but some of Jefferson’s thinking echoes translations of Chinese documents in his library. Competition between the two great nations will not abate any time soon, but humanity’s best chance for combatting global threats like climate heating and a pandemic lies in U.S./China cooperation. Echoing Joe Biden’s inaugural address, it makes sense for both sides to “stop the shouting, and lower the temperature”.

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Could Biden’s Plan for Unity Help Patch Relations with China?

South China Morning Pos, 1/31/21

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/opinion/article/3119848/could-bidens-plan-unity-us-help-patch-relations-china

Donald Trump’s us/them, zero-sum logic has not only divided the U.S. His racist agenda also exacerbates U.S./China relations. Stereotypes about a democratic West and a Despotic China do not stand up to scrutiny. In fact, Merrick Garland’s understanding of law could serve as a paraphrase of a ninth-century Chinese definition of law. Biden’s political thinking is broadly Jeffersonian, but some of Jefferson’s thinking echoes translations of Chinese documents in his library. Competition between the two great nations will not abate any time soon, but humanity’s best chance for combating global threats like climate heating and a pandemic lies in U.S./China cooperation. Echoing Joe Biden’s inaugural address, it makes sense for both sides to “stop the shouting, and lower the temperature”.

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Martin Powers

Martin Powers

Martin Powers writes op-eds for the South China Morning Post and Informed Comment. He twice received the Levenson Prize for Best Book in Chinese Studies.