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Key Note Conversation: Trump Foreign Policy (07:58)


Moderator John Donvan quotes a Chinese proverb and introduces Ret. General David H. Petraeus and Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Max Boot. Petraeus states that Trump's doctrine is still emerging and reviews the president's recent actions.

Key Note Conversation: Trump's Behavior (04:06)

Petraeus considers how President Trump's tweeting habits, comments about the press, hesitation in condemning white supremacists, and pardoning Sheriff Arpaio affects the role of the U.S. abroad. The "mad man theory" has some benefits but drawbacks as well.

Key Note Conversation: Retired Generals (03:58)

Petraeus discusses individuals who have prominent positions in presidential administrations—George C. Marshal, Brent Scowcroft, HR McMaster, and Rickey Waddell. He cites five lessons learned from fighting Islamist extremists.

Key Note Conversation: State Department Posts (01:34)

Petraeus believes the unfulfilled positions, including assistant secretary of state, are a concern.

Key Note Conversation: Far East (05:40)

Petraeus considers whether China or India will be more powerful in the 21st century and the significance of their political systems. He believes there should be a resurrection of the study of comparative politics.

Key Note Conversation: Chinese Century (05:28)

Petraeus considers whether China will become the dominant power in the 21st century. China will have a larger economy than the U.S., but will it get rich before it gets old or vice versa? China has a steep climb to top the U.S.'s military.

Key Note Conversation: War with China? (01:40)

Petraeus does not believe the U.S. is destined to go to war with China, but the country should take steps to improve capability and military readiness, and ensure there is no ambiguity about capabilities.

Key Note Conversation: North Korea (02:54)

China needs to be part of the solution and enforce sanctions. Countries in the region are taking steps to defend against threats from North Korea. Petraeus considers the size of North Korea's nuclear test.

"Debate Housekeeping" (05:35)

Donvan frames the debate on China's power and America's response and introduces panel members: Eurasia Group Founder and President Ian Bremmer, Director for Asia Studies Elizabeth Economy, Professor of Law Noah Feldman, and Professor of International Affairs and China Policy Program Director David Shambaugh.

Resolution: Trump is Making China Great Again (05:15)

The panelists declare whether they agree or disagree with the motion and provide supporting statements.

China and Greatness (08:22)

Feldman declares that global greatness is not totally an internal product. Bremmer counters that China is not close to becoming a super power. Economy cites China's reaction to the Ebola crisis and global climate change. Shambaugh states that China is filling the vacuum in Southeast Asia; influence is importance in greatness.

Resolution: The U.S Should Play Hardball with China on Trade (05:19)

The panelists declare whether they agree or disagree with the motion and provide supporting statements.

Economic War with China (10:08)

Feldman believes we are not yet at war with China. Economy reflects on past perceptions of China's evolving economy; the U.S. has leverage with China. Shambaugh states that we have leverage in investment reciprocity. Bremmer counters that Americans are not going cap-in-hand on geopolitical cooperation. The panelists consider what constitutes hardball.

Resolution: U.S. and China Agree to Contain North Korea (05:12)

The panelists declare whether they agree or disagree with the motion and provide supporting statements.

China Softening Sanctions on North Korea (08:45)

Feldman states that China is not willing to take steps that would contradict its national interests. Shambaugh states that North Korea will not go along with a regime transition; he cites the unification dimension. Economy sees the Chinese progressing in terms of sanction severity over time. Bremmer reflects on North Korea's feelings of power because of nuclear capabilities.

Resolution: China is Destined for Regional Dominance (05:47)

The panelists declare whether they agree or disagree with the motion and provide supporting statements.

Economic Dominance (06:56)

Feldman defines economic dominance. Economy argues against China's influence; Shambaugh cites the dominance difference in Southeast Asia and Northeast Asia. Bremmer cites two reasons he believes China's economic dominance is not destined.

Public Willingness to Sustain Dominance (03:27)

The panelists declare whether they agree or disagree that the U.S. public will be willing to maintain military presence near Asia 30 years from now. Feldman states that if the U.S. does not see a clear economic payoff, it is likely to shift the geo-strategy; Economy questions China's economic trajectory.

Debate Conclusion (01:39)

Donvan acknowledges Robert Rosenkranz, Intelligence Squared's reliance on public contributions, and thanks panelists for their participation.

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As tensions escalate between the United States and North Korea, many are looking to China to help restrain its nettlesome neighbor. But this raises the larger issue of growing Chinese power in Asia. In three "mini-debates," four of the world's most prominent foreign policy experts examine the following questions: Is President Trump "making China great again"? Is China destined for regional dominance? And can the United States strike a deal with China to contain North Korea's nuclear program? General David Petraeus and military historian Max Boot introduce these questions in a preliminary conversation.

Length: 100 minutes

Item#: BVL144318

ISBN: 978-1-64198-301-3

Copyright date: ©2017

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