Pete’s approach is derived from his extensive experience working in, traveling through, and studying China
His opinion is that the two countries are both powerful and equal but rooted in vastly different histories and cultures. This is explained in more detail here in Pete’s inaugural blog. Of utmost importance is understanding that neither country will change how they govern themselves or interact with the world but understanding the differing characteristics can go a long way to bridging the gap that too often leads to misunderstanding, tension, or counter-productive strategies and tactics.
There are a number of important characteristics that unite the Chinese and American people: a strong work ethic, ambition, optimism, helpfulness, and a sense of humor. And although nothing is simple, fundamental misunderstandings can be linked to the five core characteristics described below. Pete applies this set of characteristics to situation after situation across all of today’s key issues to explain why our approach to working with China too often does not produce the desired outcomes.
When these two countries better understand each other, they can work together as constructive partners to reduce misunderstanding and conflict and produce better outcomes on a range of key issues where their interests are aligned.