Conflicts in US-China Relations Since 1989 and the
Significance of President Jiang Zemin's US Visit

Hu Wei
Department of International Affairs, Fudan University, Shanghai

The US's ideology of "China's threats" after the Cold War and the increasing of idealism in its foreign policies, and as well as its illusion about China owing to the 1989 incident, resulted in the US's strategy of containment toward China. The Sino-American relation had been at ebb accompanied with problems on Taiwan, human rights and trade, etc. However, the containment strategy has not got the desired result, but brought with a passive effect to America. Hence, it is necessary for the US government to change from "containment" to "engagement" or "integration". President Jiang Zemin's visit to the US has signified a favorable turn of Sino-US relations, which begins the new era of establishing strategic partnership between China and the US. Though there are still some conflicts and some unforeseen variables, the common interests of the two countries will definitely exceed their divergence. Therefore, the two countries have a broad prospect in cooperating and improving their relations. Furthermore, the importance of Sino-US relations should be estimated under the new international circumstances in the post-Cold War, in which China will be developing multilateral relations with the countries all over the world and promoting the global multipolarization process.