“There’s a muscular resistance to any kind of cooperation that might seem like yielding to U.S. demands and interests,” Mr. Schell said. “For the last hundred years, China has wanted to be in the position where it’s not pushed around. And now they are close to that.
“It should be a sweet moment. But when such cooperation even so much as hints at submission, it becomes difficult. Especially at a high, visible level, this concern makes the give-and-take that is essential in working out common problems very difficult.”