◎ The United States and other countries in the West no longer can avoid joining the cold war that China has been waging unilaterally for the entire 40-year period of engagement.
◎ From its establishment, Communist China has been committed to the destruction or the drastic reconstruction of the global order
◎ Pence’s message to Beijing was firm and clear: “The United States … will not change course until China changes its ways.”
◎ President Donald Trump has not hesitated to tear up international commitments made by his predecessors if he determines they are not in America’s national interest.
◎ For Kissinger, changing the Communist Party’s approach to domestic governance was separate from, and subservient to, global realpolitik concerns.
◎ 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.