Changing the face of Sino-American relations

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The Sino-American relationship is at its lowest point in decades. Following last month’s bilateral summit in Alaska—the first high-level talks since President Joe Biden took office—it is far from clear whether the new US administration understands what it will take to revive it.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said that, while America’s relationship with China has some ‘adversarial’ aspects, it also has ‘cooperative ones’. At the Alaska summit, however, there was little sign of the latter, with Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan publicly trading barbs with Chinese officials.

Biden said he was proud of Blinken for sitting through an anti-American tirade, but acknowledged that it was not a great start to his administration’s relationship with China. The hope now, it seems, is that John Kerry, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, will…

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