U.S.-China 2039: The Endgame?

News | February 19, 2020

Admiral Bill Owens, EWI board member and former vice chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, has released a new book entitled U.S.-China 2039: The Endgame?: Building Trust Over Future Decades. The book examines whether China and the United States are destined for conflict or cooperation by projecting into the next two decades of the bilateral relationship.

Following his retirement from the United States Navy in 1996, Owens has been advancing a constructive U.S-China relationship for decades; he has worked tirelessly to bring together senior retired officers from both China and the United States to discuss issues of critical concerns to both countries. 

U.S.-China 2039: The Endgame? combines Owens’ considerable military experience, deep knowledge of the inner workings of the national security apparatus and insights from serving in leadership positions in several Fortune 500 companies with the perspectives of senior military officers from both countries. 

“Admiral Owens’ observations are focused on helping both the United States and China to avoid likely military competition in the coming decades,” says EWI President and CEO Dr. William J. Parker. 

This book provides 12 specific policy recommendations including the following:

  • A Northeast Asia Consultative Permanent organization including China, the U.S., Russia, Japan and South Korea focused on the issues of the Region

  • A Free Trade Agreement between the U.S. and China

  • A No First Use of Cyber Agreement between the U.S. and China

  • A New Approach to the number one issue between the U.S. and China: Taiwan

  • Discussion and Recommendations about the never-before addressed new world issue of a “transparent large battlefield” realized by both China and the U.S. and the resulting Mutual Assured Destruction which Must be avoided in that new world.

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