Since February, there have been repeated incidents in U.S.-China relations that could have produced significant strains and disruptions between Beijing and Washington. Nonetheless, relations so far have remained productive and durable. This is likely a product of the Obama administration’s top-level initiative since 2010 to draw China’s leaders into personal engagement in managing affairs to avoid or deal with tensions.
After meeting with the Chinese premier in Beijing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that improved relations would hinge on how China responds to Indian concerns.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Making Sen. Max Baucus the next ambassador to China reflects the importance the U.S. places on advancing its economic relationship with Beijing despite recent strains on security issues.
An agreement for stronger ties with Beijing comes after last year's coup in Thailand that has soured relations between Bangkok and Washington.
The incident is the most direct confrontation between the two countries over China's territorial claim, and analysts say the chance of an accidental conflict could increase.