Last night (this morning in Beijing time), I appeared live on the radio in Beijing. The topic? The United States ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, is leaving his post, as are several high-ranking China experts in the State Department and National Security Council. The question? Will these personnel changes have any impact on the Obama administration's policy toward China?
You can click here to listen to the broadcast in its entirety. (Warning! I am on the air for a full hour, although there were several other guests, some of whom are pictured here in the Beijing studio, who kept me from going on and on endlessly.) I will give away the punch line...It is unlikely that the personnel changes, occurring for the most part inside large bureaucratic organizations, will produce any marked changes in US policy toward China.