Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn Joe Biden and Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Bali. Credit: Alex Brandon via AP Images This year has already seen some rather positive signs for U.S.-China relations, signs that have been absent practically since great power competition began under the Trump administration. For the first time in the era of strategic competition, the two countries are trying to take serious measures to stabilize bilateral ties, as attested by the two presidents’ summit in Bali last November. With Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s upcoming trip to Beijing and potential China visits coming up by other cabinet members such as Secretary of Treasury Janet Yellen, many observers are hoping for some meaningful improvement in bilateral relations. The question that everyone has been asking, however, is whether this positive trajectory is temporary and tactical in nature, or sustainable and strategic in essence. The answer to that question may not be known until later because much depends on events, and interactions between the two countries. Nevertheless, an examination of the realiSubscribe or login to read the rest. Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.