China-U.S. Relations: Current Issues for the 108th Congress [Updated May 20, 2004] [open pdf - 165KB]
The purpose of this report is to provide background for and summarize current developments in U.S.-PRC (People's Republic of China) relations, including current and pending congressional actions involving the PRC. Factors contributing to improved U.S.-China relations include a more assertive approach toward China and supportive views on Taiwan, anti-terrorism and changing global priorities, recent changes in PRC policy, and the PRC's growing economic importance. However, key issues in U.S.-PRC relations remain, as discussed in this report, including Taiwan, China's space program, human rights, SARS and Avian Flu, economic issues, Tibet, and Hong Kong. The document outlines U.S. policy trends of engagement, caution, and threat. A chronology of recent events is also included, as well as a list of further reading. This report will be updated regularly as new developments occur.
CRS Report for Congress, RL31815