For The U.S. And China, Time For A Fresh Start

Can Washington and Beijing achieve a breakthrough?

The date is sometime not too far into the next millennium. China's $2 trillion economy is chugging along, growing by 8% a year. Its days as a runaway export machine are fading, and its new consumer class is starting to give a lift to economies across the globe. While there's still an authoritarian edge to politics, the Communist Party's absolute rule has softened. And China's leaders are eager to work with the U.S. and Japan to keep Asia stable. China is a superpower, but rather than being angry and threatening, it is at ease and works comfortably with the rest of the world.

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