There is no simple description for the U.S.-China relationship. The two countries are bound together by a thick web of interactions that is growing denser on every level. That is to be expected of two countries with global interests and influence. But strains in bilateral relations are likely to grow in 2008. It is more important than ever that the two countries set realistic expectations for each other and their relationship, and focus on overcoming the mistrust and suspicion that is growing in parallel with increasing interdependence.