Citrus Summit Signals Business as Usual in US-China Relations

April 12, 2017

Geopolitical Monitor

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Summary

It couldn’t have been more emblematic of US-China relations over the past two decades: the ‘Citrus Summit’ opens amid calls for a realpolitik reordering of the relationship, and it ends in muted obscurity, eclipsed by the barrage of US Tomahawk missiles raining down on a US enemy in the Middle East.

In perpetuating the status quo in US-China relations, the summit couldn’t have been scripted better for the Xi administration.

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