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News Analysis: A year after Sunnylands, mix of bright spots, hurdles for China-U.S. ties

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WASHINGTON, June 7 (Xinhua) -- China-U.S. relations remain largely stable a year after Chinese President Xi Jinping's summit with his U.S. counterpart, Barack Obama, at the Sunnylands retreat in California, although there are a number of kinks to be ironed out.

The first Xi-Obama meeting since the Chinese president took office was held in a casual setting in a bid to promote closer ties between the two major countries.

They endorsed the idea of building a new model of major-country relations based on non-confrontation, non-conflict, mutual respect and win-win cooperation, with the aim of avoiding the zero-sum game usually seen in history between a rising power and an established one.

Since the summit, the two countries have continued high-level dialogues and flourishing trade, and, more importantly, accelerated the pace of improving their military-to-military ties. Nevertheless, considerable hurdles remain as the two countries seek a new model of relations due to historical and emerging disputes.

SUSTAINED DIALOGUES, IMPROVED MIL-TO-MIL TIES

In the past year, China and the U.S. maintained dialogues and exchanges, including the Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S

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