China figures into virtually every major U.S. foreign policy objective -- from North Korea and Iran to economic recovery and climate change -- and plays the role of U.S. rival, competitor and partner all at the same time. Managing this complex relationship is a major policy priority for the Obama administration.

China as Rival, Competitor and Partner

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Last month, Republicans bashed President Barack Obama for not meeting with the Dalai Lama during his swing through Washington, portraying the president as caving to pressure from Chinese "tyrants" who hold trillions of dollars in U.S. debt and view the Tibetan spiritual leader as Public Enemy No. 1.

"You can bet the Chinese are using their influence in ways we do not even know about," warned Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, the Republican co-chair of the Congressional Tibet Caucus. "This goes way beyond the Dalai Lama. The U.S. has permitted China to have a one-way free trade policy for decades, and now we are not only suffering the serious economic damage caused by that policy, we are finding ourselves politically vulnerable to a regime that is the world's worst human rights abuser." ...

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