Chapter from America and a Changed World: A Question of Leadership

Kerry Brown

This chapter, taken from the book America and a Changed World: A Question of Leadership, argues that China's relations with the United States will be one of the most important, if not the single most important, relationships on the international stage in the coming decades. But, as the author argues, there remain specific points of possible conflict and contention, the most noticeable of which are Taiwan and the skewed bilateral trade balance.

With China, it is already clear that President Obama will attempt to forge a bilateral relationship with a new level of shared strategic aims. The question is just how far China, with its internal complexity, can go to meet him with these aspirations.