It’s election time and we will be posting a series of articles on the foreign policy stances of the candidates. Sadly, we know little about Romney’s foreign policy except that Bain Capital, the company he was the sole President and CEO of and then sort of wasn’t just when they outsourced jobs to China.
What then do we know about Obama’s China policy. Here in a New York Times article, we see how he evolved.
As Mr. Obama runs for re-election, his tougher line toward Beijing is showing itself on several fronts. The White House has filed two major cases in the past three months against China at the World Trade Organization, both of which Mr. Obama promoted to autoworkers in the Rust Belt. On the same day as the latest trade action, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced plans in Tokyo to help Japan deploy a new missile-defense system, which has aroused suspicion in Beijing.
China is clearly an important issue with Romney accusing Obama of not being tough enough with China. Obama, in turn, has tried hard to shift his attention from Iraq and Afghanistan to Asia, declaring it as his top priority.
But was it a change in Obama or in the Chinese administration? With the all important party meet and subsequent handing over the leadership in China, how will this all-important relationship be managed? And by whom?