The tensions between the United States and China aren't going anywhere, but there is still room to work together.
Jacob Stokes is a senior policy analyst in the China program at the United States Institute of Peace. He previously served on Vice President Joseph Biden’s national security staff and as a professional staff member for the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. The views expressed here are strictly his own.
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Editor’s Note: North Korea is a problem that has vexed multiple administrations since the end of the Cold War. As the Pyongyang puzzle has grown more difficult to solve, policymakers increasingly look to China for help. Jacob Stokes and Alex Sullivan contend this is a mistake. They argue that China is not likely to abandon North Korea and that U.S. pressure might even backfire. Instead, they propose a mix of changes to current policy that offer more hope of coercing North Korea.