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Nicaragua gives Chinese firm contract to build alternative to Panama Canal. Renewing America » Obama Slapdown on Chinese Wind Deal Sends Wrong Message. Wind turbines operate at a wind farm near Milford, Utah (George Frey/Courtesy Reuters).

Renewing America » Obama Slapdown on Chinese Wind Deal Sends Wrong Message

President Obama has become the first president in 22 years to issue a formal order blocking a foreign investment into the United States on national security grounds. The decision, which denies the acquisition of a small Oregon wind farm project by a Chinese-owned company, will unfortunately be seen as yet another signal – this time from the highest possible level — that the United States does not really want Chinese investment. And for an economy still struggling to create jobs, that’s the wrong signal to send. The action by Obama is the first presidential rejection of a foreign acquisition on security grounds since President George H.W. Romney stirs up anti-China vote. US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney continues to push a tough stance toward China as the US elections draw close, but observers downplayed his sharp rhetoric as pandering to voters.

Romney stirs up anti-China vote

Romney's policy toward China is coming into focus after he advanced a set of military strategies that include arms sales to Taiwan, following previously announced blueprints mainly pointing to trade relations with Beijing. The candidate, locked in firece competition with sitting president Barack Obama, stated that the US under his administration would maintain adequate military power with its regional partners and expand its naval force in the west Pacific, Hong Kong-based Phoenix TV reported Thursday. He also stressed that the country would provide Taiwan with enough fighters and other military facilities, according to the report. Mitt Romney vu par la Chine. Paru dans leJDD Pékin montre une certaine inquiétude autour d'une élection éventuelle de Romney.

Mitt Romney vu par la Chine

(Reuters) "Les Chinois ont donné très peu d'indications sur leurs préférences pendant la campagne. Ce n'est que dans les toutes dernières semaines qu'on a pu voir monter une inquiétude à Pékin autour d'une élection éventuelle de Romney. Lors du troisième débat avec Barack Obama, Mitt Romney a subitement mis de l'eau dans son vin en parlant de partenariat avec la Chine pour montrer qu'il était responsable. Il y a deux catégories de gens en Chine. Chen’s friend: U.S. conveyed Chinese threat against wife. Chen Guangcheng's friend Bob Fu, president of ChinaAid, told a congressional commission Thursday that Chen only agreed to leave the U.S.

Chen’s friend: U.S. conveyed Chinese threat against wife

China-US: Power in perspective. As Michael Beckley acknowledges in his reply to Mark Thirlwell, it is hard to say definitively whether America is declining economically relative to China, because it depends what you measure. On some measures it is, and on others it's not. So the next question is: which measures should we pay attention to? And that depends on why we are interested. In the present debate, flowing from Michael's excellent essay in International Security, we are interested in what the economic trends mean for America's strategic and political power, particularly in relation to China. US arms sales to Taiwan: impact on Sino-American relations. Author: Carlyle A Thayer, UNSW Canberra The Obama Administration’s decision to sell Taiwan an arms package worth $5.85 billion is a carefully calibrated decision designed to meet US legal obligations under the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979.

US arms sales to Taiwan: impact on Sino-American relations

It is also a decision that carefully calibrates the impact on Sino–American relations at a time of improved relations not only between Washington and Beijing but between Beijing and Taipei. The Taiwan Relations Act imposes two legal obligations on the US Government. U.S. Challenges China on Island Chain. Pool photo by Hoang Dinh Nam Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Asean Regional Forum in Hanoi on Friday.

U.S. Challenges China on Island Chain

Secretary of State , speaking at an Asian regional security meeting in Vietnam, stressed that the United States remained neutral on which regional countries had stronger territorial claims to the islands. But she said that the United States had an interest in preserving free shipping in the area and that it would be willing to facilitate multilateral talks on the issue. Why China Won’t Engage.

Washington is abuzz with flummery purporting to explain why the Chinese are so damned obdurate as of late.

Why China Won’t Engage

(Ah, the inscrutable Chinese.) For a representative, if credulous, account of this palaver, see Josh Rogin’s story, Has China Realized It Overplayed Its Foreign Policy Hand? Americans, it seems, are bewildered by China’s “increasingly aggressive and arrogant foreign policy.” The only real debate in the Rogin story is whether the Chinese have caught on to what absolutely everyone in Georgetown figured out at least a week ago. (So dreadfully behind, the Chinese.) Global Security Newswire - U.S. Wants Nuclear Force Talks With China. PrintShareEmailTwitterFacebookLinkedIn The United States hopes to foster "strategic stability" with China through talks on the two nations' nuclear arsenals and deterrence postures, Kyodo News reported Saturday (see GSN, Aug. 18).

Global Security Newswire - U.S. Wants Nuclear Force Talks With China

Two-way military talks have been on hold since the beginning of the year after the Obama administration signed off on a $6 billion weapons deal with Taiwan, the autonomous island nation that Beijing claims as its territory (see GSN, Feb. 2). "We hope that, when [military exchanges] resume, this will be a priority for China, as it is for the U.S., a high-level U.S. Defense Department official told Kyodo (see GSN, June 3). The 2010 U.S. "The goal of such a dialogue is to enhance confidence, improve transparency and reduce mistrust," according to the official nuclear weapons policy document of the Obama administration. 2005 : The Future ofU.S.-China Relations : Is Conflict Inevitable ? (Aaron L. Friedberg)