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During US president Donald Trump’s visit to China in November 2017, the United States and China signed multibillion-dollar business and investment agreements. In this article for the periodical Time-Weekly, Chinese academic Ruan Siyu analyzes what these deals mean for US-China relations. He argues that the Trump administration will bring the two countries closer together. During the talks in November, they agreed to collaborate more closely in trade and regional security. getAbstract recommends Ruan’s perspective to those speculating about how US-China relations will change under the Trump administration.

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Ruan Siyu is an associate professor of political science and administration at South China Normal University.



During US president Donald Trump’s tour of Asia in November 2017, the United States and China agreed on business and investment deals totaling $253.5 billion. The memoranda of understanding covered several industries, including gas, manufacturing, agriculture, aviation, electronics and automotive. These agreements indicate a deepening partnership between the two countries and help alleviate US concerns about the trade deficit, unfavorable treatment of American businesses in China and the possibility that China could waver on its course toward economically liberal policies.

Former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger once commented that in the 21st century, relations between China and the United States would play an increasingly important role; he urged the two countries to collaborate in matters of global peace and development...