3Center for American Progress | President Obama’s Progressive China Policy
in words and deeds addressed human righs violaions and limis on press andInerne reedom in he counry.China proesed each o hese acions, some vehemenly. U.S. Ambassador oChina Jon Hunsmanpu i blunly: “We rampled on a couple o China’s coreineress.” Neverheless, relaions are now back on rack, and soon he secondannual SE&D meeing will bring ogeher hundreds o American and Chineseocials rom across every major area o policy. Fieen cabine and agency headsrom he Unied Saes are raveling o Beijing nex week.
A progressive strategy
Te Obama adminisraion reoriened he U.S.-China relaionship o ocus onglobal problems. U.S. ocials wan o maximize cooperaion wih China on heseshared challenges, oen hrough inernaional insiuions, while working wihriends and allies in Asia and elsewhere o mainain a peaceul and sable geopo-liical environmen.In addiion o his ocus on sraegic collaboraion, oher progressive principleso naional securiy sraegy also inorm Obama’s China policy—U.S. leadershipon global challenges, invesing a home in U.S. economic srengh, and promoinghuman righs. A he broades diplomaic level, renewed and respecul U.S. inernaional leader-ship is cenral o U.S.-China sraegy. Because our naion is once again workingrigorously hrough he inernaional sysem, and ackling global challenges headon, China can no longer poin o U.S. inacion or acive eors o undermine iner-naional consensus—as was oen he case during he Bush adminisraion—asreason or China no o ac isel.Bu a home, oo, he Obama adminisraion’s invesmens in progressive domesicprograms are also cenral o Obama’s approach o China. Bringing down soaringhealh care coss in our counry hrough comprehensive healh care reorm willremove one o he reasons businesses oen cie o explain why hey oshore jobso China where he coss o doing business are lower. Invesmens in clean energy will allow esablished and young U.S. companies alike o compee in he lucraiveclean energy marke and compee wih Chinese companies or business aroundhe globe. Bolsering America’s innovaion economy by improving science andmah educaion and invesing in research, developmen, and commercializaion