U.S.-China Talks Reveal Gap in Agendas

The U.S.-China relationship may have reached its strongest footing of the Obama presidency, judging from high-level talks that came to a close in Washington yesterday. But some observers noted a palpable gap in focus between the two powers, with the U.S. addressing a broad agenda -- ranging from concerns over the value of the yuan to human rights -- and China more narrowly concentrated on issues pertaining to its sovereignty.

The core of China's agenda going into the Strategic and Economic Dialogue was a strategy of maintaining control "over their territory and their waters, and frankly their cyberspace," says Patrick Cronin, senior director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for New American Security in Washington.

"They think we're behind their Jasmine revolution -- they're paranoid about their sovereignty," said Cronin, who spoke with Trend Lines on Tuesday. Of equal, if not greater importance, he added, is the issue of U.S. arms sales to Taiwan.

Keep reading for free!

Get instant access to the rest of this article by submitting your email address below. You'll also get access to three articles of your choice each month and our free newsletter:

Or, Subscribe now to get full access.

Already a subscriber? Log in here .

What you’ll get with an All-Access subscription to World Politics Review:

A WPR subscription is like no other resource — it’s like having a personal curator and expert analyst of global affairs news. Subscribe now, and you’ll get:

  • Immediate and instant access to the full searchable library of tens of thousands of articles.
  • Daily articles with original analysis, written by leading topic experts, delivered to you every weekday.
  • Regular in-depth articles with deep dives into important issues and countries.
  • The Daily Review email, with our take on the day’s most important news, the latest WPR analysis, what’s on our radar, and more.
  • The Weekly Review email, with quick summaries of the week’s most important coverage, and what’s to come.
  • Completely ad-free reading.

And all of this is available to you when you subscribe today.