Distrust is hallmark of US-China relations

The decades following World War II were significantly impacted by relations between the United States and the Soviet Union. The depth of that influence reached into virtually every region of the world as each actor exerted its influence through satellite nations. While the US and Russia continue to have an adversial approach to one another, it will be relations between America and China which likely will shape the coming decades.

A new study conducted by the Brookings Institution concludes that an increasing level of mistrust between the two powers could have critical implications.

The Brookings study asserts that although suspicions exist on both sides, they appear even more deeply rooted on the Chinese side.

One of the authors, Kenneth Lieberthal, tells the Washington Post that he and his colleague, Wang Jisi, “expressed real concern about where this is headed, not in the short-term, day-to-day relationship, but 10 to 15 years from now. We both sensed a deep distrust among leaders about long-term intentions on the other side.”

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