William Mundell
William Mundell
William Mundell is the producer of a documentary on the US-China relationship, Better Angels, to be released in the autumn

US envoy Anson Burlingame brought a dramatic shift in US-China relations in the 19th century, but it was reversed within years. In 2019, even if Donald Trump gets his deal with China, the benefits might prove equally ephemeral.

The US should delegate its complaints about China’s flaunting of WTO rules to a multilateral organisation while China could direct some of its Belt and Road Initiative funding towards US infrastructure.