After the 9/11 attacks, China pledged to play a constructive role in international counterterrorism efforts and the Bush administration pledged to pretend that the Chinese were doing so; this was perhaps the first indicator of how the administration’s strong focus on terrorism distorted overall strategy-making. Not surprisingly, relations gradually improved as the United States and China agreed on the need to cooperate on a number of security issues of mutual concern. Bush also reached out to the Chinese leadership, visiting China in February 2002 and hosting then-president Jiang Zemin at his Crawford, Texas, ranch later that year. The high-level meetings continued, culminating in President Hu Jintao’s April 2006 visit to Washington.

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