A food safety factory shutdown has Americans hunting for baby formula. Readying themselves for a covid-19 lockdown, Chinese in Beijing emptied store shelves. Emerging from lockdown, some in Shanghai are visiting well-provisioned markets. U.S.-China agricultural trade is booming, but many are still being left hungry. Food security, sustainability and safety remain issues.
Mary Beth Long Speaks at the China Card Conference
Mary Beth Long, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, spoke on the “Strategic Issues: Myths, Worries, and Choices” panel at the China Card conference on September 29, 2016.
Mary Beth Long served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs from 2007 to 2009. Prior to this she served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary (2004-2007). Her duties included chairing NATO’s committee on nuclear policy and serving as a key advisor to Secretaries Rumsfeld and Gates. She was a CIA operations officer from 1986 to 1999. Long earned awards for her service in the CIA and Defense Department. A licensed attorney, Long has worked in the private sector since 2009. She founded a government contracting company and an international consulting firm and was an advisor to the 2012 Romney presidential campaign. She studied in Taiwan as an undergrad. As Assistant Secretary, she met with Ma Ying-jeou's representative Wang Jin-ping in DC on January 24-26, 2006.
Tensions evident in the recent European Union-China virtual summit reflect the increasing skepticism in Europe toward China and the worries over Ukraine and economic ties as well as human rights and environmental issues.