◎ For Kissinger, changing the Communist Party’s approach to domestic governance was separate from, and subservient to, global realpolitik concerns.
◎ The outcome of the trade confrontation, and the lessons it teaches, will greatly influence the likelihood of actual conflict in the future.
◎ From Beijing’s perspective, virtually anything the United States does with Taiwan amounts to playing that particular “card.”
◎ China scholars and policy practitioners increasingly are accepting a painful and long-denied reality: four decades of Western engagement have failed to induce critical changes in the domestic and foreign policies of the Chinese Communist Party.
◎ The People’s Republic of China has successfully defied the international order and is relentlessly remaking it in its own mold.