Vice President Mike Pence’s October 4, 2018 speech was aimed at a domestic American audience, and the clear objectives were to lay the basis for an adversarial posture toward China and to justify President Trump’s accusation that China is interfering in America’s electoral process.
As Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe makes a rare visit to China—the first formal bilateral visit by a Japanese leader to China in nearly seven years—important ties bond the two countries in an era of U.S. unilateralism.
On October 30, Brookings's John L. Thornton China Center and Yale Law School's Paul Tsai China Center hosted a public debate about the future of U.S.-China relations. Evan Osnos moderated the debate between two teams of distinguished experts examining whether or not U.S. and Chinese interests are “fundamentally incompatible.”
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.
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