China seeks ‘new model’ for relations with US

Do you have expectations of this week’s summit between President Obama and President Xi? If so, I suggest you lower them.

President Xi and President Obama, pictured in 2013

The sombre fact is that despite the enormous range and complexity of the US-China relationship, it is becoming ever harder to manage. The smiles and ceremony of a 21-gun salute and state dinner will conceal gritted teeth and crossed fingers.

A game of brinkmanship is afoot and on cyber-hacking and contested atolls, it would need a reclamation project bigger and swifter than the one under way in the South China Sea for guest and host to find a piece of common ground to stand on… Continue reading “China seeks ‘new model’ for relations with US”