Wang Qishan is back as "Chinese President Xi Jinping's special representative," working to put China-U.S. relations back on track. His recent mission puts to rest speculation that he is on the outs with Xi. (Nikkei montage/Getty Images/AP/Xinhua/Kyodo)
Katsuji Nakazawa is a Tokyo-based senior staff writer and editorial writer at Nikkei. He spent seven years in China as a correspondent and later as China bureau chief. He was the 2014 recipient of the Vaughn-Ueda International Journalist prize.
Washington earlier this week conducted a flurry of top-level diplomacy in Asia. The underlying theme in President Joe Biden's visit to South Korea and Japan, the Quad leaders summit, and the launch of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework was how to deal with China.