U.S.–China Week: Yang Jiechi in U.S., Trump vs. Mnuchin on currency; U.S.–DPRK talks canceled, CFIUS expansion?, SCS (2017.02.27)

Welcome to Issue 89 of U.S.–China Week. Starting this week, you will notice some experimental changes in the formatting and content below. Writing U.S.–China Week is a constant battle between concision and comprehensiveness, and I believe the latter has lately been winning too easily. I welcome your thoughts on these changes and will be experimenting on all of us over the coming weeks, hopefully without…

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China’s ‘New world order’? What Xi Jinping actually said about guiding international affairs

Quartz reported yesterday that Chinese President “Xi Jinping has vowed for the first time that China should take the lead in shaping the ‘new world order.’” While Xi’s speech is worthy of attention, this eye-catching framing of his remarks and some of the online discussion among observers may have gone too far.

Xi spoke at a seminar on national security, and…

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U.S.–China Week: DPRK-U.S. backchannel talks? Tillerson meets Wang Yi, U.S. carrier in SCS, reciprocity, Dalai Lama and UCSD (2017.02.20)

Welcome to Issue 88 of U.S.–China Week. In a Pew survey of U.S. views last month, “65% said China is either an adversary (22%) or a serious problem (43%), while only about a third (31%) said China is not a problem.” China’s unfavorables among U.S. respondents were essentially flat for the last four years (53–55%), but they had risen by 26 percentage points…

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U.S.–China Week: Second Anniversary Edition

Welcome to Issue 87 of U.S.–China Week, marking two years since I sent out the first beta edition. In the past year, subscriptions have grown by more than 50 percent and recently passed 1,250. My sincere thanks to all of you for following along with me as history unfolds.

In recent months, several readers have asked whether I work with other people to…

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U.S.–China Week: Trump–Xi call? THAAD ‘this year,’ Tillerson’s private SCS assurance, Mattis Asia trip (2017.02.06)

Welcome to Issue 86 of U.S.–China Week. Public indications about official relations between the United States and China in the era of President Donald Trump remain contradictory and thin. Below, this edition covers the signals sent by Defense Secretary James Mattis, newly confirmed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and the involvement of White House adviser Steve Bannon.

At the White House level, National…

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