A study by an influential think-tank in Beijing has concluded that Sino-US relations will continue to be hobbled by developments in domestic American politics. The China Strategy and Management Research Society will soon publish a 200,000-character study called 'Analysis of the International Situation in 1996-1997'. The semi-official society has close links with the foreign policy and military establishments in Beijing. The report is divided into sections including the US, Russia, Japan, the Middle East and South Asia. The section on Sino-US ties, written by the head of the American Institute in the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Professor Wang Jisi, points out that despite the recent thaw in relations, 'a series of difficult problems still await solution'. 'America's domestic politics has mainly had a negative impact on its relations with China,' Professor Wang writes. He cites the 'stubborn attitude' of the US media and 'anti-China forces in Congress'. With the growth in Chinese influence, however, Professor Wang thinks Beijing will display more initiative in shaping future bilateral ties. The section on Sino-Russian ties expresses satisfaction with relations with Moscow, saying 'common points between the two countries have become more numerous'. But it says such ties will not develop into a 'military, political alliance'. The section on Japan decries the rise of 'political conservatism as well as rightist trends' in the Japanese way of thinking. It is understood the report, which comes in a Chinese and English edition, is a major effort by the administration to improve China's image overseas.