Sino-US relations

For those who like to stay positive about the China-America relationship, a bit of sunshine cannot be bad for our sense of balance. Illustration: Craig Stephens

Why closer US-China ties may not just be California dreaming

Surprise! Few parents, perhaps ­including those in brand-adoring Asia, realise that Stanford University, on America’s sunny West Coast, is tougher for kids to get into than Princeton, Harvard or Yale. One star centre to which some of its best students – and faculty – gravitate is the Walter H.