Yang Jiechi (left), China’s foreign minister at the time, has a word with Joe Biden, then US vice-president, during a luncheon in Los Angeles on February 17, 2012. Photo: AFP Yang Jiechi (left), China’s foreign minister at the time, has a word with Joe Biden, then US vice-president, during a luncheon in Los Angeles on February 17, 2012. Photo: AFP
Yang Jiechi (left), China’s foreign minister at the time, has a word with Joe Biden, then US vice-president, during a luncheon in Los Angeles on February 17, 2012. Photo: AFP
Stephen Roach
Opinion

Opinion

The View by Stephen Roach

US-China relations: why Joe Biden should go back to basics

  • Both sides should focus on the economic and trade issues that have long anchored the US-China relationship and work towards a bilateral investment treaty
  • That doesn’t mean dismissing other tough issues, such as human rights, but re-establishing common ground and mutual trust before expanding the agenda

Yang Jiechi (left), China’s foreign minister at the time, has a word with Joe Biden, then US vice-president, during a luncheon in Los Angeles on February 17, 2012. Photo: AFP Yang Jiechi (left), China’s foreign minister at the time, has a word with Joe Biden, then US vice-president, during a luncheon in Los Angeles on February 17, 2012. Photo: AFP
Yang Jiechi (left), China’s foreign minister at the time, has a word with Joe Biden, then US vice-president, during a luncheon in Los Angeles on February 17, 2012. Photo: AFP
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Stephen Roach

Stephen Roach

Stephen S. Roach, a faculty member at Yale University and former chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia, is the author of Unbalanced: The Codependency of America and China.