China-US Tensions Spiking Over Taiwan, Dalai Lama

President Obama’s announcement that he will meet with the Dalai Lama and sell arms to Taiwan is stoking tensions with Beijing, AP reports:

There’s likely to be even more turbulence ahead: Trade friction, currency rate woes and allegations of cyber-spying are already roiling relations.

The rhetoric also is sharpening in a disagreement over new sanctions against Iran, with Beijing refusing U.S. calls to push Tehran harder to cooperate with nuclear inspectors.

Yet the sheer number and variety of current disputes also reflects a newly combative approach by Beijing, emboldened by its $2.4 trillion in foreign holdings — about $800 billion of which is invested in U.S. Treasury securities — and relative success handling the impact of the global financial crisis.

See also “US Sees No Fundamental Change in China Relations Despite Problem Issues” from VOA.

February 2, 2010 1:53 PM
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