State: Rough times could be ahead

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the US-China re­la­tion­ship as both friendly and ad­ver­sar­ial is con­sis­tent with the main­stream think­ing in the US,” Zhu said.

Based on Tiller­son’s tes­ti­mony, Zhu said there are many op­por­tu­ni­ties for co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China and the US, but on sev­eral is­sues, par­tic­u­larly North Korea and the South China Sea, the two sides will have some rough times ahead.

“So it is ex­pected that the US-China re­la­tion­ship will con­tinue to be marked by co­op­er­a­tion and con­tention in the years ahead. I do not think any mem­ber of the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion will in­ten­tion­ally dis­rupt and de­rail this most im­por­tant bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship,” he said.

Jon Tay­lor, pro­fes­sor of po­lit­i­cal science at the Univer­sity of St Thomas in Hous­ton, Texas, said Tiller­son’s state­ment that the US should not let dis­agree­ments over other is­sues ex­clude ar­eas for pro­duc­tive part­ner­ship was a hope­ful com­ment.

“How­ever, Tiller­son’s tes­ti­mony pro­vided a mixed mes­sage to China, one that sig­nals that the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion in­tends to dis­rupt the sta­tus quo of China-US re­la­tions,” he said.

“Where that will lead us is a piv­otal ques­tion. But given the com­ments of the pres­i­dent-elect and some of his ap­pointees, I would not be op­ti­mistic.”

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