Transparency Conflicts in Sino-American Relations

In this essay, we approach the matter of international transparency from a cultural perspective: how the concept of transparency differs and overlaps in East and West and how differences and similarities reinforce mutual suspicions in contemporary Sino-American security affairs. We will explore the hidden pitfalls in the politics of military transparency in the Sino-American relations and argue that the Sino-American transparency dialogue has unexpectedly aggravated, rather than helped to reduce, the geopolitical rivalry between the two nations.