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When East Meets West.
Modern China’s emergence onto the global stage brings with it both concern and hope: concern for how the world will accommodate an emerging great power and hope that a great civilization will enrich every aspect of global exchange. The world is looking to the United States as the cornerstone of the existing international system for leadership as it negotiates its relationship with an independently-minded China. Against this backdrop, it is now more important than ever that the United States and China better understand one another, particularly in the realm of security and military affairs around key regional issues.
Unless the two countries appreciate the similarities and differences in their military cultures, traditions and norms, the ongoing dialogues between them will never fully realize their potential.
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WNU Editor: This story brings back a lot of memories. As a former diplomat who was posted to China at an incredibly young age .... I can write a book comparing Chinese diplomatic culture with everyone else's .... and how it can be manipulated to enhance your status and to insure that your country's interests are respected. Unfortunately .... today's diplomatic corp (from what I understand) .... are in it for the short term .... especially in countries where life is difficult. And trust me on this one .... China was not an easy place to be in during the 1980s.