China Updates

October 7, 2021

I don’t think this marks the turnaround and somehow we’ll have a golden era, but maybe we’ve found the floor, or a floor, in which the relationships won’t sink any deeper.

Fmr. U.S. Defense Official Drew Thompson (who focused on both China and the region) on a potential virtual summit between the U.S. and Chinese presidents.
  • The announcement of a summit (in principle only, as details have yet to be determined) came from a meeting in Zurich, Switzerland, between Pres. Biden’s national security advisor, Jake Sullivan, and senior Chinese foreign policy adviser Yang Jiechi.
  • The intended summit would be held virtually between Pres. Biden and China’s Pres. Xi Jinping – the first of its kind during the Biden administration.
  • Why It Matters: America and China are the world’s two largest economies, but the relationship has wide-sweeping impact beyond the economic – here’s how the AP described it: Major differences divide what are by many measures the world’s two most powerful nations as they jostle for what each sees as its rightful place in the world order. Some differences over regional security and trade and technology may be irreconcilable, but successful talks could manage them and prevent any spillover that impedes cooperation in other areas such as climate change.

US-China challenge: Easing tensions despite differences

by Jenna Lee,