The current global system views multilateralism as the key to fostering new mutually beneficial relationships, improving current international relationships, and promoting peace.
Given upcoming leadership transitions and elections in both China and the United States, the increasing U.S. attention to the Asia-Pacific region, and China’s growing global presence, Hu Jintao's upcoming trip to Washington has particular significance for U.S.-China relations.
As China’s military modernization steadily advances, there are questions in Washington about Beijing’s ability to project power abroad and deter U.S. intervention in the Pacific—and whether that poses a threat to American interests
Open communication between the U.S. and Chinese governments and militaries can help overcome mutual distrust and create opportunities to tackle the world’s most critical problems, from the global economic crisis to stability on the Korean peninsula.
The status of North Korea has a strong affect on bilateral relations between the United States and China.
State-level visits between China and the United States are very important, given that relations between China nd the United States are probably going to be among the most critical bilateral relationships for the next fifteen years.
Relationships between China and the rest of East Asia have evolved over time, from the tribute systems of ancient East Asia through the tensions of the Cold War.
In spite of China’s high growth rates, the country still faces a number of economic challenges, from trade tensions with the West to reducing income inequality domestically.
As China's global influence continues to grow, the country must work to strengthen its relations with its neighbors and balance its economy in a way that promotes domestic growth without increasing international tensions.
The U.S. midterm elections have the potential to change the face of U.S. domestic and foreign policy and to affect U.S.-China relations.