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Yes, Vice President Joe Biden noted, Washington is "deeply concerned” over China’s decision to create an air defense identification zone, but then he said nada, zilch, when it came to demanding the Chinese retract their decision.
While Washington and the world have been focused on the nuclear agreement reached with Iran last week in Geneva, on the other side of the globe, one of the parties to that deal, China, was at the very same time making the peaceful resolution of its dispute with Japan over a group of small islands in the East China Sea even less likely.
Will Xi reassure the White House that he is a leader it can work with both now and in the future? Can he simultaneously reassure his Chinese compatriots that he will not kowtow to the United States? How important is Xi's visit in the bigger picture of U.S.-China relations? On Thursday, February 16, a panel will assess Xi's time in Washington.
It has become a ritual in Washington to "restart" military exchanges with China. Regular contact has been suspended a number of times over the past two decades and each new cancellation sparks a round of worrying over the causes of the rift.
The United States needed to address its persistent current account deficits and excessive consumption; China needed to address its ballooning foreign exchange reserves and excessive dependence on exports.