The USS Gabrielle Giffords (top) conducts operations near a Chinese survey vessel in the South China Sea on July 1. Washington has hardened its position on the South China Sea and rejected most of Beijing’s claims to the resource-rich waterway. Photo: US Navy The USS Gabrielle Giffords (top) conducts operations near a Chinese survey vessel in the South China Sea on July 1. Washington has hardened its position on the South China Sea and rejected most of Beijing’s claims to the resource-rich waterway. Photo: US Navy
The USS Gabrielle Giffords (top) conducts operations near a Chinese survey vessel in the South China Sea on July 1. Washington has hardened its position on the South China Sea and rejected most of Beijing’s claims to the resource-rich waterway. Photo: US Navy
David Dodwell
Opinion

Opinion

Inside Out by David Dodwell

Under Trump, US narrative of the China threat is simply false

  • China’s pattern of behaviour and priorities have been largely consistent since 1978, even if the pace of its opening up is not to the West’s liking
  • While Beijing has become more assertive internationally, the true system-breaker has been Washington, with its trampling on the rules of the global order it helped write

The USS Gabrielle Giffords (top) conducts operations near a Chinese survey vessel in the South China Sea on July 1. Washington has hardened its position on the South China Sea and rejected most of Beijing’s claims to the resource-rich waterway. Photo: US Navy The USS Gabrielle Giffords (top) conducts operations near a Chinese survey vessel in the South China Sea on July 1. Washington has hardened its position on the South China Sea and rejected most of Beijing’s claims to the resource-rich waterway. Photo: US Navy
The USS Gabrielle Giffords (top) conducts operations near a Chinese survey vessel in the South China Sea on July 1. Washington has hardened its position on the South China Sea and rejected most of Beijing’s claims to the resource-rich waterway. Photo: US Navy
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David Dodwell

David Dodwell

David Dodwell is the executive director of the Hong Kong-APEC Trade Policy Study Group, a trade policy think tank.