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US-China relations under Trump: Partners or rivals?
June 19, 2017 - 15:00-17:00
No bilateral relationship is more critical to international order than that between China and the United States. They are by far the two largest economies in the world, as well as its two biggest military spenders. China and the United States seem to be in a league of their own on the international stage, but rather than forming an axis of stability, Beijing and Washington have in recent years often found themselves at loggerheads over bilateral trade, the South China Sea or human rights issues. Given Trump’s harsh China-bashing rhetoric during his campaign, a complete meltdown of US-China relations appeared to be a likely scenario once Trump took over the Oval Office. After a rocky start, however, the first summit between Xi and Trump in April in Mar-a-Lago has seemingly been instrumental in putting bilateral relations back on track with the two leaders setting up a new institutionalized dialogue for how to manage difficult bilateral issues. Still, it probably takes far more to dispel the widespread notion that relations between Washington and Beijing are generally fraught with tension and instability.
Bonnie Glaser, Senior Advisor for Asia and Director of the China Power Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington
Andreas Bøje Forsby, Researcher, PhD, DIIS