U.S.-China Relations

May 7, 2010 • Volume 20, Issue 18
Is a future confrontation looming?
By Roland Flamini


President Obama with Chinese President Hu Jintao (AFP/Getty Images/Mandel Ngan)
President Obama meets with Chinese President Hu Jintao during his Asian tour in November 2009. Conflict over issues ranging from Iran's nuclear ambitions to China's currency to U.S. support for Taiwan have roiled relations between China and the U.S. (AFP/Getty Images/Mandel Ngan)

Disputes that have bedeviled relations between the United States and China for decades flared up again following President Obama's decision to sell weapons to Taiwan and receive Tibet's revered Dalai Lama. From the U.S. perspective, China's refusal to raise the value of its currency is undermining America's — and Europe's — economic recovery. Beijing also rebuffed Obama's proposal of “a partnership on the big global issues of our time.” In addition, the Chinese insist on tackling their pollution problems in their own way, and have been reluctant to support U.S. diplomatic efforts to impose tough sanctions on nuclear-minded Iran. With the central bank of China holding more than $800 billion of the U.S. national debt in the form of Treasury notes, and their economy speeding along at a 9 percent growth rate, the Chinese are in no mood to be accommodating.

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