China’s rise and Asian tensions send U.S. relations into downward spiral
(Laris Karklis/The Washington Post)
July 7 2014
By Simon Denyer
Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will visit Beijing on Wednesday and Thursday for the sixth annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue. And while Washington has been focused more on Iraq, Syria, Ukraine and Russia, some say the U.S.-China relationship is facing its stiffest test since President Richard M. Nixon traveled to Mao Zedong’s China in 1972… .
The Obama administration’s foreign policy rebalance or “pivot” toAsia has been widely interpreted in China as an attempt to contain its rise.
U.S. efforts to bolster ties with regional states such as Vietnam and to reassure nervous Asian allies such as Japan and the Philippines that it
- stands ready to defend them militarily have created a new narrative in Beijing —
- that the…
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