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The Wrong Way to Manage US-China Relations

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s trip to Beijing demonstrated the shortcomings of a personalized approach to diplomacy. Shifting to a more institutionalized model of engagement would take conflict resolution out of the hands of highly sensitive and politically constrained leaders.

NEW HAVEN – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s long-delayed trip to Beijing has come and gone. Despite the predictable optimistic spin on the visit – both sides agreed to strengthen people-to-people exchanges and promised to continue talks – it did little to defuse the increasingly fraught conflict between the United States and China.