Fiddling Around with U.S.-China Tech

______Assessing China / The TEA Collaborative______

Volume 2, Number 3 in Global TECHtonics: U.S./China Fault-line series

A U.S.-led initiative to reach out to China and to welcome it into the community of Western nations began with President Nixon trip to Beijing in February 1972.  Orchestrated by Henry Kissinger, Nixon’s National Security Advisor at the time, the trip was a brilliant Cold War gambit to exploit the growing rift between Moscow and Beijing. The trip kicked off a seven-year process of “normalizing” relations between the West and “the sleeping dragon” of Asia and, in so doing, divided the Soviet bloc. Through almost half-a-century and a bipartisan succession of Presidents, the effort to engage with China continued as that country woke from its Cultural Revolution nightmare and began to rise up, shaking the world as it did so.

February 1972 was the Year of the Rat (Water Element) in the Chinese zodiac.  Forty-eight years later we are again…

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Published by Terry Cooke

Terry Cooke is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of GC3 Strategy, a company started in 2002 which currently acts as operating partner to public private partnership platforms in the energy and environment sector and the public health sector and also offers consultancy services relating to U.S.-Greater China technology supply chains. Terry was a 2010 Public Policy Scholar at the Kissinger Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. His book Sustaining U.S.-China Cooperation in Clean Energy was published by the Wilson Center in 2012. From 2006-2008, Terry was Director of Asian Partnership Development for the Geneva-based World Economic Forum. In 2003, Terry left the U.S. Senior Foreign Commercial Service having served as the U.S. Government's top commercial official in Taipei, Taiwan and Berlin, Germany and as the deputy senior commercial officer in Tokyo, Japan. Terry also served as Commercial Officer in Shanghai, China from 1988-90. Terry received his PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1985. He has diplomatic proficiency in Mandarin (Chinese), Japanese, German, French and also limited proficiency in Hindi/Nepali.

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