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On the Virtual Meeting between the US and China

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One of the major events of current world politics was the November 16 virtual meeting of the two leading world powers, the USA and China. It lasted three and a half hours and went beyond the scheduled time.

This fact along with the content of the issues discussed and the parties’ positions on them as outlined by the White House served as a basis for the Chinese Global Times to assess the outcome of the meeting as “relatively positive.”

The same fact makes the author question the validity of the widespread opinion about the high level of the negative influence of inevitable age deformations on the incumbent US President’s capacity. Some external manifestations of said deformations may even be used for risky probing of opponents’ reactions to specific planned steps in Washington’s foreign policy.

The first general impression of the author regarding the results of the meeting is that the positions of the parties on the critical issues of bilateral relations and the situation in the world as a whole remain approximately the same as they have been in recent years. Which, these days, isn’t bad.

In other words, the “relatively positive” outcome mentioned above is more about the fact that during the meeting, no new serious problems in bilateral relations emerged, nor were the existing ones aggravated. As always, everything will be determined by the further concrete actions of the parties, not by words, whether written down on official papers or spoken out in public. Although, of course, the significance of words cannot be discarded entirely either.

The word “guardrails,” as used in the above-mentioned document, has gained everyone’s attention. This term seems to refer to such activities and behavior of the two leading world powers, which would prevent something quite catastrophic in some unforeseen accident in the ongoing global competition between the USA and China. The same Global Times has figuratively shown what the parties mean by the word “guardrails.”

But the day after the video meeting under discussion, it was announced that joint US-Japanese........

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