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The United States cannot change China, but China can change China.6
If the United States focuses its support on encouraging China’s judicial
reforms, both nations will benefit and come closer to a spirit of cooperation
On October 23, 2014, the Central Committee of the People’s Republic
of China7 announced a major plan for legal reform.8 This plan is universally
translated as “rule of law” reform, but outsiders attack the reform’s
translated name and substance because of its improbability of achieving the
[It] is absolutely vital that we have a strong relationship with China. And
we have continually tried to move forward on the basis of recognizing
that a cooperative relationship based on mutual interest and mutual
respect is not only in the interests of the United States and China, but is
also in the interest of the region and in the interest of the United States—
in the interest of the world.
6 See, e.g., Dan Blumenthal, Is China at Present (or Will China Become) a Responsible
Stakeholder in the International Community?, REFRAMING CHINA POLICY: TH E CARNEGI E
DEBATES (June 11, 2007), http://carnegieendowment.org/files/Blumenthal_Responsible
%20Stakeholder%20Final%20Paper.pdf. “Only China can change China. . . . [W]e cannot
convince China to conform to our definition . . . . It will have to do so on its own.” Id.
7 The nation is officially called the People’s Republic of China (PRC), but this Comment
will simply refer to it as “China.” The PRC is not to be confused with the Republic of China
(ROC), more commonly known as Taiwan, over which the PRC claims sovereignty. The
PRC is sometimes referred to as “mainlan d China,” excluding not only Taiwan but also Hong
Kong and Macau, two Special Administrative Regions (SARs). Moreover, the PRC came
into existence in 1949, and this Comment discusses cultural, linguistic, and historical matters
not limited to post-1949. For a discussion of the PRC, the ROC, and SARs, see SUSAN V.
LAWRENCE & MICHAEL F. MARTIN, CONG. RES. SERV., R41007, UNDERSTANDING CHINA’S
POLITICAL SYSTEM 1, 9 (2013), https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/ R41007.pdf.
8 See CCP Central Committee Decision Concerning Some Major Questions in
Comprehensively Moving Governing the Country According to the Law Forward, CHIN A
COPYRIGHT & MEDIA BLOG (Oct. 28, 2014), http://chinacopyrightandmedia.
forward [hereinafter Decision Translation].