Naturally, in his opinion piece, political analyst Denny Roy blamed China for putting a spoke in the wheel of what would otherwise be a harmonious relationship.
The senior fellow at the East-West Center discounted a recent call of Cui Tiankai, China's envoy to the US, to focus on areas of mutual interest and claimed that in a nutshell Xi Jinping's message during his visit will be the following: "you Americans need to stop doing things we don't like, and then we can be great friends."
Roy appears to be unconvinced that China genuinely wants to foster good relations with the US.
This stance seems to reflect a larger trend in Washington's attitude to the world. After all, the US prefers an aggressive foreign policy of "my way or the highway," and promoting cooperation with a major power may not really be its thing.
If so, the upcoming summit will not bring actual positive results. David M. Lampton of Johns Hopkins University echoed the sentiment. He characterized the bilateral relations as undergoing a "strategic slide."
"Unless the two presidents focus on this underlying problem, the upcoming summit may come to be viewed in history as having simply been a brief respite in the unhappy journey to more friction and perhaps intense conflict," Lampton noted in an article for The Diplomat.
Meanwhile, the US is likely to resort to "unfounded accusations or megaphone diplomacy," in the words of Cui Tiankai.