What’s in it for China and US Relations?

The relationship between two nations, China and America, has long started way back in 1945. Much has evolved from a complicated mix of tense relations to diplomatic affiliations. With all the past administrations from both countries, there were several highlights for each. From China being a communist country and closing its doors to the global market to re-opening it and bouncing back from everything they’ve experienced. America, on the other side, has continued to step up its game with its global presence and remains to be world’s richest country. Their differences may continue to vary, but it’s important to look back to their history and its present era to better understand the deeper relationship between the two countries.

In October 1945, Communist leader Mao Zedong established the People’s Republic of China after defeating the Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek. The United States backed up the Nationalists that fled to Taiwan to establish a new government. This resulted in very limited relations between US and Cina for several decades. From the years 1950 until 1969, a number of events have emerged from the Korean war to China’s first atomic bomb until the Sino-Soviet conflict. Things started to change in April 1971 as China’s ping pong team invited the US team members. They were among the first Americans to enter China since 1945.

One year later, then-president Richard Nixon visited China to meet with then-chairman Mao Zedong to discuss crucial issues specifically the one concerning Taiwan. It was in the year 2000 when then-president Bill Clinton signed an agreement allowing permanent and normal trade relations between the United States and China. The US-China trades have risen astoundingly from $5 billion to $231 billion in between 1980 to 2004. Eight years after the said agreement, China surpasses Japan as the largest US treasury foreign creditor. Moreover, tensions regarding trade deficits started to rise as figures went up until $295.5 billion. In the most recent years, both countries have put much effort in maintaining a better affinity through joint efforts in cutting down carbon emissions resulting to climate change.

As of the present administrations in both countries, President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping have been making progress in better understanding individual concerns as well as searching for win-win solutions. It has been reported in Trump-today.news that President Xi Jinping hopes that China and the US maintains a healthy, stable and growing relationship through the efforts of expanding respective military havens and liaison with law enforcement.

They will also work together towards eradicating Islamic terrorism. When it comes to the trading aspect, President Xi said he is willing to expand imports energy products from the US as well as explore US exports of agricultural products to China. Both have agreed to alter unfair trade relations between their countries. Besides these matters, another issue surfacing the global spectrum is the threats to North Korea and America. President Trump has initially pressured China to do more in terms of negotiating for North Korea to stop the creation nuclear weapons. President Xi, on the other hand, has expressed his determination to achieve denuclearization.

It seems like both countries have been making efforts in establishing rapport and strong ties. Not only is this a good sign, but this might actually put a downshift towards the encompassing tension between North Korea and the United States. Other critics speculate that China might find a way to negotiate terms with North Korea. However, this could only be possible with the help of America when it comes to toning down or even completely stopping the threats towards North Korea.

David Griffin

David Griffin