The U.S.-China Expectations Gap: An Exchange

China’s emergence on the global stage and the impact of the world financial crisis have widened a rift in expectations between East and West, write Nina Hachigian and Yuan Peng in the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Dear Peng,

We find ourselves at a transitional moment in the global order. China, long a rising power, has now arrived on the world stage. The United States, for two decades the sole global superpower, is reeling from the global economic downturn and entangled in two difficult wars. Meanwhile, global threats like the economic crisis, global warming and nuclear proliferation only grow more intense.

These shifts in the international environment raise some major questions. To what extent do shared global challenges push the United States and China toward shared responsibility? What considerations will spur them to join or lead other nations in collective action? What are the signs that China is ready to help solve global problems? What are the signs that the United States is genuinely ready to share leadership? What will be the consequences if U.S. and Chinese foreign policies fail to coordinate on matters of shared concern?

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Nina Hachigian

Senior Fellow

Yuan Peng