September 22, 2011

Command Post: "Does Mutual U.S.-China Economic Dependence Rule Out War?"

Continuing our discussion this week on China, we're tackling a corollary of Tom Friedman's McDonald's Rule -- countries with McDonald's restaurants generally don't wage war on one another-- as we weigh the impact of economic ties between Beijing and Washington. Does the immense commerce between the two nations reduce the chances of war between them? We tackle the issue with Patrick Cronin, director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, and David Finkelstein, director of China studies at the U.S.-backed Center for Naval Analyses. CNAS president John Nagl joins me in the questioning.