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PacNet #38 – Bush-Hu summit challenge: ease strategic distrust

The presidents of China and the United States hold a summit next week at an important juncture in Sino-American relations. Even as Washington and Beijing have enhanced cooperation on critical security issues such as the war on terrorism and North Korea’s nuclear weapons and established new dialogue mechanisms to address the growing complexity of their relationship, strategic distrust has persisted and in some ways has intensified.