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In the middle of 2019, Chinese experts assessed Sino–US relations under the Trump administration and explored the implications of the United States’ competitive approach to China for China’s regional interests. They also evaluated the improvement in Sino–Indian relations following the Doklam incident and analyzed recent Sino–Japanese third-party market cooperation efforts. Apparent in many publications is the image of improving Chinese ties to neighbors in all directions even as relations with the US remain problematic. Not acknowledging China’s decisions to accommodate other countries in the face of either troubling US ties or a slowing domestic economy, authors insist that it is these neighbors who are hedging against the US—not to the degree of a sharp break but enough to influence economic dynamics if not security ones.

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