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LBJ School Assistant Professor Joshua Busby Contributes a Chapter to a New Edited Volume of Center for a New American Security Report Titled "China's Arrival: A Strategic Framework for a Global Relationship"

 AUSTIN, Texas-- Sept. 22, 2009-- LBJ School Assistant Professor Joshua Busby contributed a chapter to a new edited volume of a report recently released by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) titled "China's Arrival: A Strategic Framwork for a Global Relationship."

According to the CNAS web site, "China’s rise is one of the most significant geopolitical events in modern history, with important ramifications for U.S. interests, regional power balances, and the international order. As the Obama administration confronts a broad set of worldwide challenges, questions remain as to how the United States should engage China amidst uncertainty about its long-term intentions and how to balance this important relationship against concerns regarding China’s behavior in the international community."

As one of nine co-authors, Joshua Busby provides a groundbreaking examination of how energy security and climate change will influence the future Sino-American relationship.

"As the world prepares for the climate negotiations in Copenhagen in December of this year, the United States and China are engaged in an elaborate dance, each waiting for the other to make the significant first move," said Busby.  "As we saw in Chinese President Hu Jintao's address to the United Nations earlier this week, the Chinese are unlikely to make a serious and specific commitment to restrain their greenhouse emissions until the United States passes domestic legislation to reduce its emissions. The U.S. Senate however is hesitant to match the House and pass such a bill until they are more confident that China will act if the United States acts. Once President Obama has steered the health care bill through the Congress, he needs to demonstrate the same intensity of purpose  on climate change. Only then will the impasse with China come to an end."

The CNAS, an independent and nonpartisan research institution,  leads efforts to help inform and prepare the national security leaders of today and tomorrow through strong, pragmatic and principled national security and defense policies that promote and protect American interests and values.

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