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October 31, 2018

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U.S. and Chinese flags are placed for a joint news conference by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China June 14, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee - RC1A372B6000
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The China Debate

Research & Commentary

Why it’s time to end the tit-for-tat tariffs in the US-China trade war

Around the halls: Can President Trump claim credit for progress on North Korea?

What Taiwan can take from Mike Pence’s speech on China

As Western ties fray, Putin and Xi are increasingly close

As US and China battle it out, India stands to gain

Is China interfering in American politics?

In Interpol chief’s disappearance, what is China’s message to the world?

US-China financial friction

In The News

Trump and China’s Xi to meet. President Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping have agreed to meet next month at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires in hopes of resolving their intensifying trade conflict. “They basically see in this political environment that you can’t do much because President Trump is surrounded by anti-China people,” Cheng Li tells The Washington Post. “It’s difficult to know what Trump will do.”

U.S. trade talks with China. The American approach to trade talks with China may not work, mostly because China won’t cave to U.S. demands for some time. “If President Trump’s strategy is to enter into a political and economic pain tolerance test with Xi Jinping, he is going to need to condition expectations with the American people and ask them to sacrifice,” Ryan Hass says to Vox.

The U.S. is beginning to feel Beijing's pressure. A string of countries over the past few years have decided that Chinese investment had more to offer than an alliance with Taiwan. "I would guess that the money that China is willing to offer to these countries is a lot greater than what Taiwan or the U.S. together can offer," Richard Bush tells Nikkei Asian Review.

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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