Suspicion and mutual distrust may threaten U.S.-China relationship

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong shake hands, November 2013.
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Thomas Fingar and former CISAC Visiting Scholar Fan Jishe write that the U.S.-China relationship is stronger and more interdependent than ever, but mutual suspicion and distrust persists. Four decades of stability have taught Beijing and Washington how to manage their relationship, particularly in managing issues where they cannot compromise.