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Obama's cautious and calibrated approach to an assertive China

How US-China ties play out after Obama may be in Xi Jinping's hands. The 2016 presidential candidates appear to have taken a tougher stance.

The meeting between China's Mr Xi (right) and US's Mr Obama on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington DC this month underscored the centrality of Sino-American ties and its urgency, given rising tensions in the South China Sea and Mr Obama's term running out.


As heads of state and delegations from more than 50 nations gathered in Washington for the Nuclear Security Summit, there were only two bilateral meetings on the sidelines, and one was between US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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