The Heat: China-U.S. Relations

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Henry Kissinger is the latest in a string of high-profile American visitors to Beijing. What does this mean for China-U.S. relations?

In a flurry of diplomatic activity, current and former U.S. government officials have traveled to China.

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger just met with Chinese President Xi Jinping. 52 years ago, Kissinger helped lay the foundation for the normalization of Sino-U.S. ties.

In June, the current U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, held talks with President Xi on how to ease tensions between the two nations.

Earlier this month, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen had meetings with her Beijing counterparts on the economic challenges ahead.

And earlier this week, U.S. Climate Envoy John Kerry discussed critical climate change issues with top Chinese officials, a resumption of communication between the two countries that had been suspended since last August.

What do these visits mean? Are relations between China and the United States headed in the right direction?

Joining the discussion: 

  • Anthony Moretti is an Associate Professor of Communication and Organizational Leadership at Robert Morris University.
  • Yan Liang is Chair Professor of Economics at Willamette University.
  • James P. Moore is the Founder and CEO of the Washington Institute for Business, Government and Society.
  • Victor Gao is Chair Professor at Soochow University.