Interview: Cooperation between U.S., China essential: U.S. experts (2)

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However, in Rosen's opinion, both sides do not want the situation to get out of control.

"It is a two level game," he said, explaining that the U.S. leaders will deal with China, and Chinese leaders will deal with the U.S., then the U.S. leaders will deal with the U.S. and Chinese leaders will deal with China.

He said the Obama Administration will have to worry about the U. S. Congress, and public opinion. His leadership has been weakened by the health care debate and he is worried about the mid-term election.

"There is much pressure on him to be tough on China," said Rosen.

On the Chinese side, Rosen said Chinese leaders also face great pressure to be tough on the U.S. from the military, the National People's Congress, etc. "It is a nature of politics," Rosen said.

From the U.S. side, Rosen said the message is Obama tries to be flexible in foreign affairs, but the flexibility has been perceived as weak towards China.

"His flexibility is not awarded, so he has to show his toughness towards China. The American and Chinese perceptions are different," said Rosen.

For example, he said, the U.S. is tough on the currency issue and has put pressure on the Chinese side to reevaluate its currency. However, even in the U.S. there is a debate on whether the evaluation of RMB will help U.S. exports or to which degree the change of value of the Chinese currency will help increase jobs in the U.S..

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