The U.S. And China: Will The Big Thaw Last?

A year ago, confrontations over Taiwan, trade, and transfers of arms pushed U.S.-China relations into a deep freeze. But when President Clinton meets Chinese President Jiang Zemin at an Asia-Pacific economic summit in Manila on Nov. 24, the atmosphere is likely to be as warm as the tropical setting. Both countries have spent several months groping toward a rapprochement. As a result, U.S. and Chinese officials say, relations are steadier than at any time since the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. If all goes well, a series of high-level exchanges could lead to a Clinton-Jiang summit next summer.

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