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July 21 - "Dealing with the Chinese" with Douglas Paal, President, Asia-Pacific Policy Center

Dr. Douglas Paal discussed the "psychotic" mood of Chinese government leaders and officials as they deal with the U.S.-China relationship. Though the educated in China are well versed on foreign affairs and have a high degree of social responsibility, there still remains a strong sense of national pride, which blames foreigners for China’s current problems. While Chinese officials understand the need for stable relations with the United States, it also recognizes the United States as a threat to their system. However, nationalism has the potential of getting out of control and could eventually be detrimental to China’s domestic stability. Dr. Paal further discussed the Taiwan issue, and four schools of thought among the Chinese leadership, ranging from those who advocate the use of force to those who believe China’s current policy toward Taiwan is obsolete.
 
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