China: 7 big things to watch in 2018

Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo: Feng Li / Getty Images

The U.S. relationship with China will be the world's most consequential in 2018. The two big issues, straight from President Trump:

  1. "China's hurting us very badly on trade, but I have been soft on China because the only thing more important to me than trade is war. O.K.?" he said in an interview with the New York Times.
  2. "Caught RED HANDED - very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea. There will never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem if this continues to happen!" he wrote on Twitter.

Go deeper: Here are the 7 things to watch with China, from the rise of the Communist Party and its absolute leader Xi Jinping, to the prospects for war with North Korea and China's growing influence in the world.