We have to give credit to Rex Tillerson for at least trying to pretend that Washington has good relations with China.
On Sunday, the U.S. Secretary of State concluded his visit to China. He has returned to Washington with an awkward handshake and a flurry of meaningless formalities:
"You said that China-U.S. relations can only be friendly. I express my appreciation for this," Xi said.
What did Tillerson expect, though?
While it's true that America is still hooked on cheap Chinese products, the reality is that Beijing has made it clear that its security and longterm economic viability will be achieved through close cooperation with Russia and greater Eurasia. The foreign policy geniuses in Washington actually managed to push Russia into China's arms — an accomplishment that we described as the "biggest geopolitical blunder since 1776".