The Trump administration in the past few weeks appears to be focused on just two Chinese companies – TikTok and Huawei, a Washington-based think tank said, suggesting that the United States should focus more on the expansive operations of Chinese state-owned companies quietly the sectors infrastructure, telecommunications, transport, energy and financial services worldwide.
While these companies undoubtedly raise clear and important concerns, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) said that the US should show more strategic maturity if it focuses on the activities of the China Communications Construction Company, COSCO Shipping, and the State Grid would focus.
"When the United States pays attention to the global architecture of China's rise, such as the Belt and Road Initiative or the Digital Silk Road, they learn the wrong lessons and immediately start talking about how China can" reconcile "efforts," Jude Blanchette, Freeman Chair for China Studies at CSIS, said in the report.
"The United States will never be able to repeat China's ability to deliver the entire value chain of finance, construction, labor and technology to the nations and countries in Africa and Latin America in the sizes and speeds it requires. So why try if the United States would just do this? " be a bad imitation? China's global influence, although widespread, is fundamentally small, based primarily on its checkbook and ability to exert targeted pressure. "
"Instead of simply mirroring China, it would be a better approach to take advantage of the major strengths of the United States, which are far more robust and durable," added Blanchette.
The report says the US is switching between two phrases of Chinese power – either on the verge of collapse or on the verge of global domination. However, both concepts are misleading and self-destructive, the report said.
"The perseverance of the CCP is often underestimated if you only look at it on the risk side of the ledger – rising debts, labor protests, declining productivity, or the excessive centralization of power by the Chinese Communist Party. These are real challenges, but they must be. " be reconciled with institutional resilience that combines oppression, co-opt, persuasion, and governance innovation, "it said.
Above all, the United States needs to formulate a vision – a great strategy – that goes beyond the narrow issue of China to represent the type of global order that the United States wants to implement and protect, the think tank suggested.
"Of course, Chinese President Xi Jinping is not making the same mistake, and under his rule the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has clearly formulated a vision of global leadership – an illiberal one for sure – but Beijing understands this narrowing. The great strategy for a US Strategy is both short-term and necessarily restrictive, where the US holds most of the cards in terms of global attractiveness, ally strength, robustness in technological capabilities, and military power, why doesn't the US imagine the benefits given all of these obvious strengths? Imagine that the United States has taken the lead over the litany of the sometimes existential challenges the planet is facing now: climate change, inequality, racial injustice, poverty and global pandemics – few expect or want Beijing to address all of these issues Leadership takes over that the United States will do this at some point, "it said.
From the fixation on naming Covid-19 a "China virus" to recent measures to limit the number of foreign students studying in the United States, these measures seem to "hold up" on the surface of China. In reality, they are hampering the serious work the US is doing to compete strategically, leaving the country impoverished and anchored while doing little to shake or adjust China's longer-term ambitions, Blanchette said in the report.