Ye: Don’t Ignore China Mistrust

February 2, 2015

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Min Ye, assistant professor of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, said that leaders cannot ignore the U.S. social mistrust of China as they bush for greater trade links between the two nations.

Ye made the argument in an op-ed written for the journal China-US Focus on Jan. 23 entitled, “Social Mistrust and Political Tension in U. S. Investments in China.”

In the op-ed, Ye writes:

“As America and China are ratcheting up their negotiations on the bilateral investment treaty (BIT), policymakers and pundits are energized by the political will on both sides to push for its conclusion in 2015 and are excited about increased openness to American investments in China in the future. Social and political tensions that grew with America’s investments in China in the past fifteen years, however, are little noted. Without adequately understanding the social mistrust, the U.S.-China investment relations will bring economic benefits, but also severe political tensions on a massive scale.”

You can read the entire article here.

Ye is the author of Diasporas and Foreign Direct Investment in China and India (Cambridge University Press, 2014), and The Making of Northeast Asia (with Kent Calder, Stanford University Press, 2010). Her articles, “China’s Outbound Direct Investment: Regulation and Representation” and “Diffusion or Learning: Foreign Direct Investment Liberalization in China,” have appeared in Modern China Studies (2013) and the Journal of East Asian Studies (2009). She is the Academic Coordinator of the Asian Studies program.

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