China-US relations

A cordial relationship between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart Donald Trump has not prevented a sharp deterioration in relations between the two countries over the past year. Photo: AFP

China and the West: from trade war to a clash of civilisations?

China is a civilisational power for whom democracy is no easy fit, making its rivalry with the West hard to resolve. Beijing must do better at presenting its point of view while the West needs a better understanding of China’s eventful history.