June 28, 2017

TSC IntelBrief: Rising Tensions between China and the U.S.

There was little optimism after the April 2017 meeting between U.S. President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping that views of ‘personal friendship’ would supersede long-running geopolitical and economic contentions between Washington and Beijing.

• On June 27, the U.S. State Department listed China as among the worst countries for human trafficking, in part as leverage with North Korea.

• The U.S. will likely announce tariffs on imported steel, a serious point of contention with China.

• From the South China Sea to North Korea, the U.S. and China are running out of time to address points of building tension.

• As U.S. leadership in global affairs decreases, China will more frequently use diplomatic and soft power to build coalitions that don’t include Washington.