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CRS: China-U.S. Relations: Current Issues and Implications for U.S. Policy

Author: Kerry Dumbaugh
March 17, 2008

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A new report from the Congressional Research Service gives an overview of China-U.S. relations and questions the implications of developments in Tibet and Taiwan on U.S. policy toward China.

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U.S.-China relations were remarkably smooth for much of the George W. Bush Administration, although there are signs that U.S. China policy now is subject to competing reassessments. State Department officials in 2005 unveiled what they said was a new framework for the relationship -- with the United States willing to work cooperatively with China while encouraging Beijing to become a "responsible stakeholder" in the global system. U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson in December 2006 established a U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue with Beijing,
the most senior regular dialogue yet held with China. But other U.S. policymakers have adopted tougher stances on issues involving China and U.S.-China relations. They are concerned about the impact of the PRC's strong economic growth and a more assertive PRC diplomacy in the international arena; about procedures to assure the quality of Chinese pharmaceuticals, food, and other products being imported into
the United States; and about trade practices and policies in China that contribute to a strong U.S.-China trade imbalance in the latter's favor.

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