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US must outcompete China for a stable relationship: Daniel Russel

Beijing's aggression comes from perception that America is declining, former official says

Daniel Russel says Chinese behavior became much more troubling after leaders in Beijing begun to believe that the U.S. is getting weaker. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Institute of Peace)

WASHINGTON -- The secret visit of U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to Beijing on July 9-11, 1971, kicked off an American policy of engagement with China. Fifty years later, with China on track to overtake the U.S. economy as early as 2028, bilateral relations are at a crossroad.

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