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February 28, 2018

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Chinese President Xi Jinping claps after his speech as China's new Politburo Standing Committee members meet with the press at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China October 25, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Lee - RC16374CFE10
China's President Xi Jinping waves after attending the inauguration ceremony of Chinese sponsored Vietnam-China Cultural Friendship Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam November 12, 2017. REUTERS/Kham - RC1646B28EC0
Pictures of Chinese President Xi Jinping and late Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong overlook a street in Shanghai, China February 26, 2018. REUTERS/Aly Song - RC1A21A790A0

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U.S. President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping shake hands after making joint statements at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, November 9, 2017. Damir Sagolj: "It's one of those "how to make a better or at least different shot when two presidents shake hands several times a day, several days in row". If I'm not mistaken in calculation, presidents Xi Jinping of China and Donald Trump of the U.S. shook their hands at least six times in events I covered during Trump's recent visit to China. I would imagine there were some more handshakes I haven't seen but other photographers did. And they all look similar - two big men, smiling and heartily greeting each other until everyone gets their shot. But then there is always something that can make it special - in this case the background made of U.S. and Chinese flags. They shook hands twice in front of it, and the first time it didn't work for me. The second time I positioned myself lower and centrally, and used the longest lens I have to capture only hands reaching for a handshake." REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/File Photo  SEARCH "POY TRUMP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "REUTERS POY" FOR ALL BEST OF 2017 PACKAGES.    TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC1B1E5EF340

Research & Commentary

How to avert a trade war with China

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Time to rethink US trade strategy in Asia

Tit-for-tat cycle with China will hurt the US economy

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Putting current US-China relations in perspective

In light of growing tension between the U.S. and China, review two foundational reports on the causes—and costs—of U.S.-China strategic distrust.

Addressing U.S.-China Strategic Distrust. In a 2012 paper, Kenneth Lieberthal and Wang Jisi articulate each country’s view of the other, including the primary sources of mutual distrust. The coauthors provide joint analysis and recommendations for maintaining constructive bilateral relations.

Changing China policy: Are we in search of enemies? In this 2015 essay, Jeffrey Bader explains that U.S. relations with China have never been and will never be easy to manage. However, the global economy is built on a foundation of good relations between the world’s top two economic powers, and defining America’s relationship with China as one of unchecked rivalry puts our two countries and the rest of the world in a dangerous situation.

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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