FEATURES THERE IS A STORY THAT WASHINGTON POLICY-makers like to tell about America's relationship with China, a narrative of the betrayal of naive hopes that is closer to a fairy tale than a sober analysis of history. The paternalistic assumption was that the United States and China had no deep-seated disagreements, and provided China put aside any ambitions to challenge US hegemony, it could evolve into a junior partner in empire. The United States opened up to China not for China's sake but to foster a counterforce against the Soviet Union. "The deepening horror of Beijing's atrocities in Xinjiang, the betrayal of its commitments in Hong Kong, and the development and export of the surveillance state will drive the US-China relationship as well as [fuel] China's plummeting relations with the broader free world. [Extracted from the article]
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