Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Week 1 Reading Responses

First, thanks to everyone who was able to make the first meeting of the class last night. The discussion was great and we're looking forward to next week.

For this week's reading response, write at least one paragraph in response to at least one of the following articles. You may choose to synthesize the pieces and write a response to multiple pieces. And feel free to reference points that came up in class and content from Secretary Clinton's speech.

Here are some questions to get you started:
- In 1997, the Economist asked whether China was a friend or foe to the U.S. Almost a decade and a half later, are we still asking that question?
- What were the concerns surrounding the U.S.-China relationship 5 years ago, 10 years ago? Are they the same today, or have they changed?
- How does President Hu's portrayal of the bilateral relationship compare to Secretary Clinton's?
- How does the actual bilateral relationship compare to the portrayal of the relationship by officials on either side of the relationship?

"Friend or Foe?" (Economist) October 23, 1997.

Kessler, Glenn. "U.S., China Stand Together but Are Not Equal," (Washington Post) April 21 2006.