From Wall Street Journal:
A wave of Chinese nationalism is ensuring that whoever is elected president of the U.S. will face an ever more assertive and self-confident China.
In response, both the McCain and Obama campaigns are offering up China policies that combine a desire for continued engagement with tougher talk on trade and some human-rights issues.
Since 2001, U.S. foreign policy has been dominated by the antiterror campaign and the war in Iraq. But Washington’s relationship with Beijing remains a top priority, because of China’s huge volume of trade with the U.S. and its increasingly important role in global security issues.