The relationship between the United States and China has been in the spotlight this week as President Obama and President Xi Jinping dined with each other in Beijing, took short walks in the wintry night air and announced agreements on climate change, trade and military cooperation. On Wednesday, after eating his fill of Peking duck during the visit, his second to China since taking office, Mr. Obama flew to Myanmar, while Mr. Xi returned to the business of governing the world’s most populous nation.
Observers have offered their insights throughout the week to The Times. Among them is Ely Ratner, senior fellow and deputy director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. Before that, Dr. Ratner served with the United States State Department as the lead political officer covering China’s external relations in Asia. He has also worked at the RAND Corporation and as a staff member on the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee. His recent writings have focused on competition over resources and territory in the South China Sea.
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