State: Rough times could be ahead
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.”