A Chinese maritime surveillance vessel passes near the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea in July 2013. Photo: Kyodo A Chinese maritime surveillance vessel passes near the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea in July 2013. Photo: Kyodo
A Chinese maritime surveillance vessel passes near the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea in July 2013. Photo: Kyodo
William Overholt
Opinion

Opinion

William Overholt

In countering China, the US must not lose its knack for nuanced diplomacy

  • America’s ability to provide leadership and stability in a dangerous world depends on its skill in managing complexities
  • While it must support allies and resist Chinese aggression, it may lose balance if it believes in black-and-white narrative of virtuous allies and evil Chinese

A Chinese maritime surveillance vessel passes near the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea in July 2013. Photo: Kyodo A Chinese maritime surveillance vessel passes near the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea in July 2013. Photo: Kyodo
A Chinese maritime surveillance vessel passes near the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea in July 2013. Photo: Kyodo
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William Overholt

William Overholt

William H. Overholt, senior research fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School, is author or co-author of nine books, mainly about Asian development and geopolitics, most recently China’s Crisis of Success.