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Keep Hope Alive

How to Prevent U.S.-Chinese Relations From Blowing Up

Authors: James B. Steinberg, Dean, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, and Michael O'Hanlon, Senior Fellow for Foreign Policy Studies, Brookings Institution
July/August 2014
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At their summit in California last June, U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping committed themselves to building trust between their countries. Since then, new official forums for communication have been launched (such as the military-to-military dialogues recently announced by the two countries' defense ministers), complementing existing forums such as the Strategic and Economic Dialogue (which features the countries' top diplomats and economic officials).

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