Yet Biden opposition is not necessarily the end of the story. CNN reports that his administration had opposed the suspension of Russia’s PNTR status and was successful in killing the concept in Congress. Circumstances changed on February 24, however.

And circumstances can change for China as well. China, after all, is losing friends in Washington fast.

Gordon G. Chang is the author of The Coming Collapse of China. Follow him on Twitter @GordonGChang.