Jeremy Lin and U.S.-China Relations

February 22, 2012

In this post to Foreign Policy's "Shadow Government" blog, Berkley Center Scholar William Inboden posits that Jeremy Lin's emergence as an NBA star may have greater long-term impact on the relationship between the US and China than the visit to the US of Chinese vice-president Xi Jinping. Acknowledging the import of Xi's impending accession to the premiership of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Inboden nevertheless suspects that Lin's Taiwanese heritage and evangelical Christian faith are going to have long-term consequences in opening up the conversation between the US and China as publics in both countries -- but particularly the latter -- celebrate Lin's stardom.

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