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Minghao Zhao: How Obama and Xi could focus on common interests

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U.S. President Barack Obama boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews as he departs Washington for China on Nov. 9.   © Reuters

U.S. President Barack Obama will land in China on Monday under the shadow of the Democratic collapse in America's Nov. 4 midterm elections. Top Chinese and U.S. officials have agreed to explore the possibility of establishing what Beijing has termed a "New Type of Major Power Relations." From an outside perspective, this exercise is yet to produce tangible results, and momentum appears to be waning -- on both sides.

     At a time when China and the U.S. face many security challenges and are too often finding themselves on opposite sides of issues such as territorial disputes in the South China Sea, one unlikely issue presents concrete, near-term opportunities for meaningful bilateral cooperation: Afghanistan.

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