Whither US-China Tensions?

by Patrick Liew on August 20, 2019

Whither US-China Tensions?

The US-China trade tensions is arguably one of the most disruptive forces that can potentially reshape tectonic plates – for good or for bad – of our societal and future landscapes.

To resolve the impasse, leaders of both the U.S. and China should reflect and consider the intended and unintended consequences of their tit-for-tat responses.

The U.S. government should recognize and fix its deficient democracy that’s polarizing and dividing its people.

Instead of putting down real and potential competitors, it should look at how to develop a blueprint to capture the future, and inspire its people to support a culture for greater innovation, initiatives, and impacts.

On the other hand, the Chinese government should upgrade its governance, and promote greater responsibility and accountability as it plays its part to support and improve a rules-based global community.

Leaders and governments of both countries should seek common grounds, and develop a positive cooperative-competitive relationship to promote mutual interests and for greater good.

They should galvanize contributions of thought leaders to help them make sense and sensibility of the current situation, and help them develop better clarity and roadmap for the road ahead.

A credible, trusted and friendly mediator or a group of mediators, including Singapore should step in now to help the two big “elephants” find a mutually-acceptable solution before the “grass” between them suffer further damages or even damages beyond possibility for restoration.

They have to act, and act fast, before tensions become a full-blown trade war, and a win-win outcome become harder to achieve through discussion, negotiation and mediation.

Meanwhile, leaders on both sides should negotiate and mediate behind closed doors, and not shout out to their people and unwittingly or carelessly play up their emotions, and make the road ahead murkier and muddier.



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