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How China and America See Each Other

And Why They Are on a Collision Course

Author: Minxin Pei, Director of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies, Claremont McKenna
March/April 2014
Foreign Affairs


Debating China: The U.S.-China Relationship in Ten Conversations. Edited by Nina Hachigian. Oxford University Press, 2014, 272 pp. $21.95.

It has become one of the most obvious clichés in international politics: the United States and China have the most important bilateral relationship in the world. What is not so obvious is the nature of that relationship. Until recently, most observers were willing to settle for an accurate but inelegant description: that the countries are neither friends nor foes.

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