Dear all,China is not viewed as a trouble spot for the United States. But this administration, like its predecessor, has had difficulty grappling with a rising power that seems eager to avoid direct clashes with the United States but affects its interests in many areas, including currency policy, nuclear proliferation, climate change and military spending.---taken from The New York Times
If I use "to grapple with" to substitute for "grappling with" , does the meaning of the above change?
difficulty grappling with---> implies the United States has grappled with China, although it is very difficult.
difficulty to grapple with---> means it is too difficult to grapple with China.
If my interpretation is wrong, please correct me. Thanks.