“The COVID Effect: U.S-China Narratives and Realities.” Analyzing American and Chinese writing on U.S-China relations in 2020, I find the U.S extreme rhetoric—either China’s triumphalism or vulnerability predetermines America’s hawkish policy toward China during and after COVID. In reality, Chinese policy discussion and actions were more pragmatic and globalist. With U.S fixating on fighting China, the U.S has lost to China in pandemic control and economic recovery and risks underestimating China’s willingness and ability to lead global reconstruction in the future.
Min Ye is Associate Professor of International Relations at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. Her research situates in the nexus between domestic and global politics and the intersection of economics and security, with a focus on China, India, and regional relations.
Her publications include The Belt, Road and Beyond: State-Mobilized Globalization in China 1998 — 2018 (Cambridge University Press, 2020), Diasporas and Foreign Direct Investment in China and India (Cambridge University Press, 2014), and The Making of Northeast Asia (with Kent Calder, Stanford University Press, 2010). Among her journal articles, there are “Adapting or Atrophying: China’s Belt and Road after the Covid Pandemic,” (Asia Policy 24.1 2021), “Thucydides’s Trap, Clash of Civilizations or Divided Peace? Great Power Politics from TPP to BRI to FOIP” (JPWS 2, 2020); “Fragmentation and Mobilization: Domestic Politics of China’s Belt and Road Initiative” (JCC 28.119, 2019); “The Utility and Conditions of Diffusion by Diasporas: Exploring Foreign Direct Investment in China and India” (JEAS 12.2, 2016); “China and Competing Cooperation in Asia Pacific: TPP, RCEP and the New Silk Road” (Asian Security 11.3, 2015). In addition, she has published policy briefs on China’s BRI, nationalism, economic planning, Asian regionalism, and China-India comparison, etc.