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August 11, 2023
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China's participation in last weekend's Saudi Arabia-hosted talks between several countries on ending the war in Ukraine signaled a potential willingness to engage in conflict resolution. The Chinese and American representatives were also able to meet for a brief separate conversation. While the details of the meeting remain undisclosed, the U.S. State Department characterized it as "positive."

In the aftermath of these talks, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a telephone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and noted there's been "new progress" in strategic coordination and practical cooperation with Moscow, highlighting the close ties between the two nations. But Wang Yi also stated that China will maintain an "independent and impartial position," and advocated for peace talks and a political solution.

Meanwhile, U.S. President Joe Biden announced plans for new restrictions on investments that American companies can make overseas— a move seen largely as targeting China. This is the latest in a series of actions aimed at curtailing China's access to technologies that could potentially undermine U.S. national security. Biden classified the move as "a national emergency," while China has expressed its disappointment in the new measures.

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Enjoy your weekend!

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"They [Japan, China, and South Korea] should promote regional reconciliation and cooperation from the perspective of their own interests and the overall interests of the wider region."
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What must China and the U.S. do to rebuild their bilateral relationship? In this book, Mel Gurtov, Focus contributor and professor emeritus at Portland State University, identifies and details the many facets of China that worry critics. He also argues for a strategy of coexistence that allows for economic and technological competition while managing frictions over issues so diverse as human rights and access to the South China Sea. Additionally, Gurtov includes writings from leading Chinese scholars who also seek a viable modus vivendi between the two great powers.

Learn more in "Engaging China: Rebuilding Sino-American Relations (Asia in World Politics)," by Mel Gurtov.

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"They chose a relatively good combination. The question now will be, if China's ruling elite can move to a more democratic political structure required for more complex societies to optimize."
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