Behind The Great Wall

Take a quick gander at U.S.-China relations, and you'd say there's been a serious nosedive. In the past two months alone, points of nasty controversy between Beijing and Washington have included U.S. sanctions against China for exporting missile technology to Pakistan, a nuclear test that Beijing conducted despite U.S. pleas to refrain, and China's expulsion of a well-known dissident. China's trade surplus with the U.S., meanwhile, has ballooned to an estimated $23 billion this year. "The relationship has entered a very bad phase, worse than at any time in the past few years," says a Western diplomat in Beijing.

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