Ambassador Heine was asked about his latest book as well as the state of Sino-Latin American relations, trends in Chinese foreign direct investment worldwide, and the United States-China trade war.
Speakers emphasized the degree to which Ambassador Heine’s book has gained new currency as the notion of non-alignment has spread throughout the Global South in the course of 2022.
Ambassador Heine explains that current tensions between the U.S. and China are putting the countries of the Global South in a difficult situation, for which Active Non-Alignment option is the best alternative.
Dean Najam argues that the world is clearly in a moment of global flux, and “it is the uncertainty of how things might change within the certainty that they are changing that makes our times so interesting, but also so potentially dangerous.”
The two Pardee School professors offer insights on the justification for the U.S. boycott, how it might impact China’s human rights policies, and what more can be done to assist the victims of China’s abuses.
“It is paramount that a stepwise mobilization of capital is harnessed alongside meaningful levels of debt relief for emerging market and developing countries.”
Ambassador Heine’s new book makes the case for a policy of Active Non-Alignment by Latin American countries, in which countries would steer clear of siding with either the U.S. or China in ongoing conflicts and focus strictly on Latin America’s own interests.
Ambassador Heine explores the troubled relationship between the U.S. and China as well as the Chinese real estate bubble, climate diplomacy, big tech companies, Blackrock’s foray into China, and international trade.
Ambassador Heine offers his thoughts on the global fear over China’s arms escalation as well as the risk it poses to global security.
Given escalating US-China tensions, Ambassador Heine suggests that Active Non-Alignment is the best foreign policy option for Latin America in the international environment.
“Whether China can rival or surpass the U.S in GDP and technology is shaped by its own domestic trends…whether it is still able to allow local dynamism to flourish.”
Given growing tensions between the United States and China, Ambassador Heine argues that Latin America should go for what he calls the “Active Non Alignment option.”
Professor Ye comments on the US’ lacking infrastructure investment compared to that of China and President Biden’s attempt to rectify it.
By ignoring the pragmatic globalist guiding China’s policy choices, the U.S. “risks exaggerating the geopolitical threat from China…and underestimating China’s ability to expand regional and global influence.”
“If left to continue on its current course, [U.S.-China relations] will have catastrophic results for the rest of the world.”
“A new cold war between the U.S. and China is not inevitable. But false PRC narratives about U.S. behavior toward China will only contribute to a further souring of relations.”
The U.S. and China have expressed an interest in multilateralism, which would allow them to better tackle global challenges such as climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Professor Shifrinson discusses current U.S.-China tensions and how their relations can be viewed in the context of great power competition.
“Neo-primacy… risks transforming the United States into a major challenger to the status quo if not a revisionist power in its own right.”
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