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China -- Foreign economic relations -- United States, United States -- Foreign relations -- China, Diplomatic relations


President Xi Jinping's call for a "new type of great-power relationship" in meetings in 2013 with President Obama raises important questions about the future of US-China relations. On the surface, it appeared that the two leaders were on the same page. At the June summit, Obama agreed with Xi that "working together cooperatively" and bringing US-China relations "to a new level" were sound ideas. When the G-20 countries convened at St. Petersburg in September, Obama said of Xi’s proposed new model: "we agreed to continue to build a new model of great power relations based on practical cooperation and constructively managing our differences." But he added that "significant differences and sources of tension" remain with China, implying that China’s "playing a stable and prosperous and peaceful role" in world affairsremained a matter of US concern


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