Obama’s “Creative Ambiguity” Preserves Stability in East Asia [Fair Observer]

While talk of a ‘G2’ may have been overblown, the Washington-Beijing relationship may now be the world’s most important bilateral relationship. As China continues to grow, some have called for a harsher policy; Vice-Presidential candidate Paul Ryan told a crowd in Ohio on August 16th that “President Obama said he would stop [economically unfair] practices…Instead, they are treating him like a doormat.”

The problem in evaluating American foreign policy is that the ‘grading criteria’ is hard to define. Some may state that the objective of foreign policy is to protect American interests, but this is more of a restatement than a definition.

This is an excerpt from an article published in Fair Observer on September 10th, 2012. The article can be found here.