Sean Stein – Relationship with China
Sean Stein is the Deputy Director of the Office China and Mongolian Affairs, which advises the State Department on China. Sean has helped write the Secretary of State’s speeches on China. China – US relationships are significant, consequential and complex. US/China are economically interdependent. There is $500B trade between them. A rich China is good for the US. China’s growth rate has slowed from 11% per year to 7%. Two years ago the new Chinese President has become more hostel to US interests. He cracked down on human rights. China controls two bad actors: North Korea and Iran. China – Russian relations have improved with an oil/natural gas deal, but there are continuous tensions along the China/Russian border.