February 16, 2012 / Bruce Stokes
National Journal Daily
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping?s visit to Washington this week was intended to reassure Americans about continuity in Beijing?s leadership. The Obama administration rolled out the welcome mat for Xi, who is soon to become China?s top leader. His message was stability in this time of transition.
Yet stability and continuity are the last things that characterize U.S.-China relations at this juncture. After pursuing a policy of cooperation and coordination with Beijing in its first two years in office, what then-Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg called ?strategic reassurance,? the White House has pushed the reset button.
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