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China and the United States have overcome quarrels before. The current deterioration of bilateral relations, however, is more worrisome than usual.

In the past, China-U.S. relations were reliably cyclical. When there was a downturn, we could count on a recovery within a few years. In 2001, for example, bilateral relations plunged after the collision of a Chinese fighter aircraft with a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft in international airspace near Hainan Island.

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