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March 28, 2019

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Staff members set up Chinese and U.S. flags for a meeting between Chinese Transport Minister Li Xiaopeng and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao at the Ministry of Transport of China in Beijing, China April 27, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee/Pool - RC155E3642C0
An attendent cleans the carpet next to U.S. and Chinese national flags before a news conference for the 6th round of U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, July 10, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS) - GM1EA7A1AO901
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives for the closing session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China March 15, 2019.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter - RC1F8044CDA0

Upcoming event

US-China diplomacy: 40 years of what’s worked and what hasn’t

On April 22, the John L. Thornton China Center will welcome the host of the “U.S.-China Dialogue Podcast,” James Green, for a conversation with Wendy Cutler, David Shear, and Dennis Wilder. The group will weigh the insights and oversights gathered through four decades of interacting with the Chinese government.

Research and commentary

Watch: How laws get made in China

Democracy, the China challenge, and the 2020 elections in Taiwan

The US-China economic relationship: A comprehensive approach

Migration of Chinese manufacturing jobs to Africa: Myth or reality?

The global electric-car showdown is officially on in China

How the US and China can compete and cooperate on artificial intelligence

In the news

Trump-Xi meeting likely to avoid fate of the Trump-Kim summit. Although U.S.-North Korea talks collapsed last month in Hanoi, any such meeting between President Trump and President Xi would serve mostly as a capstone to in-depth agreements between both sides. "The nature of the negotiation is much different,” Cheng Li told The New York Times. “Both sides will have a much better understanding in advance of whether there is a chance of success.”

China's harsh words evince a diplomatic strategy. In recent months, Chinese diplomats have voiced their displeasure toward policies and actions within numerous international settings. In an interview with Bloomberg News, Ryan Hass says the behavior is not "a pattern of misstatements and slips of the tongue."

Xi Jinping conducts political balancing act at annual "Two Sessions" in Beijing. Ahead of the annual gathering of the National People's Congress and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Cheng Li told the Associated Press that Xi Jinping faced a "delicate situation" politically.

About The China Center

The John L. Thornton China Center develops timely, independent analysis and policy recommendations to help U.S. and Chinese leaders address key long-term challenges, both in terms of U.S.-China relations and China's internal development.

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