China and the United States need each other as the world’s two superpowers. They trade, they invest in each other’s economies, they work together on global security matters. Then again they fight sometimes. If Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party’s likely nominee for U.S. president, wins the election in November, expect at the start more fighting than working together.
Clinton, former secretary of state under President Barack Obama, has addled China before. Chinese leaders might recall her speech at the UN Fourth World Congress on Women in Beijing in 1995 and her “challenge to China on that occasion,” says Alan Romberg, East Asia Program director with Washington think tank the Stimson Center.
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