Where are the US presidential candidates on China?

Watching the US presidential election unfolding from the vantage point of Asia can at times seem a little disheartening.  There's very little discussion among the candidates and potential candidates of the real challenges facing America here in the Pacific, just bombast and sound bites.  And this, despite the fact that China's rise, and its new assertiveness in the South China Sea, is arguably the most important foreign policy challenge the next president will face. Read more about Where are the US presidential candidates on China?


Freelance journalist and former China correspondent Keith B. Richburg has spent more than 20 years overseas for The Washington Post, serving as bureau chief in Paris, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Nairobi and Manila. He covered the invasion in Iraq, the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the U.S. military intervention in Somalia, the genocide in Rwanda and the 1997 handover of Hong Kong to China.

A native of Detroit, Richburg began working for the Post as a summer intern in 1978. He was the Post’s foreign editor from 2005 to 2007 and the New York bureau chief from 2007 to 2009. He has a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree in international relations from The London School of Economics.

Richburg is the author of Out Of America; A Black Man Confronts Africa (Basic Books, 1997). He speaks English and French and has been learning Mandarin.