Joshua Muldavin, of Sarah Lawrence College, argued that China's rapid growth during the past two and a half decades has been built upon a base of environmental destruction and social decay.
Several developments has turned the tide against the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). The political fortunes of the DPP, which rose to power in 2000 by championing a new Taiwanese identity and recklessly challenged the fragile status quo in the Taiwan Strait, has been waning. Its leadership has lost credibility, both with a majority of Taiwan's voters and with Washington.
The recent revival of Sino-Japanese animosity, triggered by bitter disputes over history, territory and maritime natural resources, has the potential not only to derail China’s self-proclaimed goal of a “peaceful rise” but to disrupt healthy momentum towards east Asian economic integration.
Carnegie's Albert Keidel and the Institute for International Economics' Morris Goldstein engaged in a lively debate. Desmond Lachman of the American Enterprise Institute moderated the discussion.
On December 1, 2005, the China Program hosted a discussion of Sino-Japanese relations in conjunction with the release of a Policy Brief, entitled “Simmering Fire in East Asia: Averting Sino-Japanese Strategic Conflict,” by Carnegie's Minxin Pei and Michael Swaine.
Carnegie's Minxin Pei, Michael Swaine, and Albert Keidel participated in a conference in Beijing jointly sponsored by the Carnegie Endowment and the China Reform Forum.