Jon Huntsman President 2012


The foundation for U.S. foreign policy should remain rooted in our traditional alliances. But we must also craft wise policies with respect to new great powers such as India and China


Wise Management of Great Power Relationships

The international environment is rapidly changing. While it is unlikely that any single nation will supplant the United States as the premier power in the world, it is nonetheless true that the international system is witnessing the emergence of new powers that will grow increasingly consequential over time. The foundation for United States foreign policy should remain rooted in our traditional alliances. But we must also craft wise policies with respect to the new great powers such as India and China.

India can be a more valued strategic partner to the United States. Our two countries are bound by a set of shared values and common interests: religious tolerance, respect for human rights, and a commitment to democracy. Yet it is a relationship that has yet to reach its full potential. Our relationship can be strengthened in the economic, diplomatic and security realms.

A better and more effective approach to the China relationship is also needed. There is no other relationship in the world that, if mismanaged, carries greater negative consequences. Likewise, wise stewardship of the relationship will make the United States and our allies safer, wealthier, and more confident about global stability in the future.

We will increasingly compete with China as we go forward. Healthy competition that drives us to improve ourselves is welcomed. But China policy can't be a product of wishful thinking and faulty assumptions. China's economic competitiveness is overly reliant on unfair practices such as manipulation of currency value, weak protection of intellectual property rights, corporate espionage, cyber intrusions and outright theft of technology. The United States can benefit in the future from an economically successful China. But today our economic relationship is a mixed bag, with too many American jobs falling victim to China's predatory activities.

While continuing to hedge with our Asian allies, we should also have a roadmap pointing toward a more collaborative, productive relationship.

Jon Huntsman Priorities:

India: The United States should make the relationship a priority and ensure our strategic partnership reaches its full potential. This includes

  • Launching negotiations to conclude a bilateral Free Trade Agreement with India
  • Supporting India's bid to be a member of the Permanent Security Council of the United Nations, as is fitting a country representing one-sixth of humanity
  • Increasing military and diplomatic cooperation with India and looking toward sharing regional responsibilities for maintaining peace and security.

China: We will increasingly compete with China as we go forward; the United States should have a policy with the appropriate mix of engagement and hedging. This includes:

  • Engaging China from a position of strength – both core strength at home, and the strength that comes from standing with stalwart allies such as Japan, Australia, and South Korea
  • Insisting that the economic playing field is leveled; China's unfair practices cost American jobs and we must be prepared to act to protect our economy


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