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China's Growing International Clout: Part 5 of the Election ’08 and the Challenge of China

Progress on major issues from slowing climate change and halting the proliferation of nuclear weapons to protecting intellectual property rights all require U.S.-China cooperation. China's rapid economic rise has made it an increasingly important actor in diverse international arenas. The fifth segment of the USC U.S.-China Institute's documentary on U.S.-China relations and the 2008 election looks at these issues.
October 6, 2008

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China’s playing an important and growing role at the United Nations, in the World Trade Organization, and in multilateral efforts to better protect the environment and to restrict the proliferation of nuclear weapons. China’s rapid economic development requires ever increasing energy supplies and other resources. To secure these, has led China to sometimes forge ties with regimes the U.S. condemns. At the same time, many note that China is becoming more of a “responsible stakeholder,” promoting international stability and progress.


This video is also available on the USCI YouTube Channel.

Click here to view China in U.S. Campaign Politics, part six of Election '08 and the Challenge of China.

Speakers in this segment include: 

Richard Armitage, president, Armitage International and advisor to John McCain; former Deputy Secretary of State

Jeffrey Bader, director, John Thornton China Center, Brookings Institution and advisor to Barack Obama; former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia, Director of Asian Affairs, National Security Council, Assistant Trade Representative for China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan

Kenneth Lieberthal, professor, University of Michigan and advisor to Barack Obama; former Senior Director for Asia, National Security Council

Clark T. Randt, Jr. , U.S. Ambassador to China

Michael Swaine, senior associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; former chair and director of the RAND Center for Asia-Pacific Policy

Additional Resources


U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, "China in Africa: Implications for U.S. Policy," June 4, 2008

U.S. Assistant Sec. of State Daniel Sullivan, "U.S.-China Energy Policy: Toward Closer International Partnerships," May 20, 2008

Congressional Research Service, "China's Foreign Policy and 'Soft Power' in South America, Asia, and Africa," April 15, 2008

U.S. Treasury Sec. Henry Paulson, "Meeting the Challenge: A Partnership on Energy and the Environment," April 2, 2008

U.S. Deputy Asst. Sec. of State Thomas Christensen, "Shaping China's Global Choices Through Diplomacy," March 15, 2008

Steven Spielberg, "Withdraws as Olympic Ceremony Advisor," February 12, 2008

Treasury Under Secretary David H. McCormick , "China’s Journey to Environmentally Sustainable Growth at the West Coast Leadership Dialogue," Jan. 2008

U.S. Treasury Sec. Henry Paulson, "Shared Responsibilities and Benefits," November 8, 2007

 Congressional Research Service, "The Southwest Pacific: U.S. Interests and China's Growing Influence," 2007

U.S. Amb. Alan F. Holmer on Establishing New Habits of Cooperation in U.S.-China Economic Relations, 2007

U.S. Assistant Sec. of State Paula DeSutter, "China's Record on Nonproliferation," September 14, 2006

U.S. Energy Information Administration, “Country Analysis Briefs: China,” August 2006

U.S. Deputy Asst. Sec. of State Thomas Christensen, "China's Role in the World: Is China a Responsible Stakeholder?," August 3, 2006

U.S. Deputy Sec. of State Robert Zoellick, "Whither China: From Membership to Responsibility," September 21, 2005

U.S. Assistant Sec. of State Roger Noriega, "China's Influence on the Western Hemisphere," April 6, 2005

PRC President Hu Jintao, "Consolidating China-Africa Traditional Friendship and Deepening China-Africa All-round Cooperation, February 4, 2004

Agencies / Organizations

Energy Information Administration

China | U.S.


International Atomic Energy Agency

Monterey Institute for International Studies, Center for Nonproliferation Studies

PRC Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Disarmament

Six Party Talks (Northeast Asia): US


United Nations Security Council

World Bank

USCI and US-China Today Articles

"Air Quality at the 2008 Beijing Olympics," August 21, 2008

Elaine Wu, "China's Presence Increasingly Important in Cooling Hot Spots," June 20, 2008

Elizabeth Economy, "China's Global Environmental Challenge," April 2007

David Zweig, "Energy Challenges: The Views of Chinese University Students," April 2007

Richard Louis Edmonds, "Discussing Energy and Environment," April 2007

Carolyn Cartier, "Regions in China," April 2007

Jing Li, "Chinese Nationalism and Its Foreign Policy Implications," February 14, 2007

Average Day

China leads in coal production and consumption
China's military spends hundreds of millions of dollars

Dirty air takes lives


Please contact Clayton Dube at the USC U.S.-China Institute (1-213-821-4382 or with questions about the documentary and its themes or screening inquiries. The documentary is also available at the USC U.S.-China Institute’s channel at YouTube.