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.

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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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U.S.–China Week: Spicer’s SCS red line? Foxconn eyes U.S. factory, digital trade barriers, currency manipulation (2017.01.30)

Welcome to Issue 85 of U.S.–China Week, and happy Lunar New Year! This is not the forum to discuss the widespread political turmoil following President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order on immigration, but amidst the controversy, one little-discussed measure in that order could have implications in for U.S.–China relations. The order calls for the secretary of state to review visa reciprocity agreements “to…

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U.S.–China Week: Trump takes power, Chinese reaction cautious, U.S. policy in question, cyber-incident hotline in use (2017.01.23)

Welcome to Issue 84 of U.S.–China Week. Donald Trump is president of the United States. In his first major policy action that bears directly on U.S.–Asia relations, Trump withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, widely regarded as the economic crux of the Obama administration’s rebalance to the Asia-Pacific.

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