Listen now | On today's show Andrew and Bill begin with reports that Secretary of State Anthony Blinken may visit China sometime "in the coming weeks." Topics include: The State Department's preliminary trip this past weekend, benefits of continued communication, risks of communication as a reward in itself, and why it's important that Blinken visit before others in the cabinet. Then: The Shangri-La Dialogue and the PRC's controversial tactics in the South China Sea, and reactions to National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan articulating the One China Policy and why the U.S. remains committed to it. From there: Desertification and China's attempts to curb it, a question about economic stimulus, and a listener's follow-up to last week's Microsoft conversation. At the end: Traveling to China, CPC membership, and a new drilling project that caught the world's attention.
The whole talks and the conditions under which they arose... just a fundamental misunderstanding of how Beijing negotiates and operates. Mid-tier people at State who have been doing things the same way to failure the last 25 years, but with enough hubris and self-importance that they think - this time - it'll be different for them.
I'll probably re-post this tomorrow, a fascinating column by the China Media Project on how Tiananmen reshaped Chinese media. The article has some archival pages from the People's Daily from earlier in May 1989.