By Zhong Sheng
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s planned visit to the US has attracted the attention of the global media thanks to Sino-US relations of unprecedented importance and complexity.
The involvement of both countries in international affairs is unavoidable, even if their connection to the event is indirect.
Ma Yun, also known as Jack Ma, the founder of US-listed Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, received thunderous applause after he promised that Alibaba would help introduce small US enterprises to China during a speech at The Economic Club of New York. “It’s not only about the Chinese Dream, but also an American Dream,” media reported.
A retired US teacher who volunteered to protect giant pandas in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, showed how a US citizen could realize a Chinese Dream, the Chinese edition of the Financial Times reported on its website in March.
However, the realization of an individual’s dream cannot be isolated from the context of steady and ongoing Sino-US relations.
China and the US have traveled an extraordinary distance together since diplomatic ties were established in 1979, and despite their disagreements and differences, the friendship between the two countries has never been derailed.
The Obama administration has publicly expressed the belief that “the success of China is in the interests of the US” many times in public.
Meanwhile, Nobel-Prize-winning US economist Paul Samuelson has observed that America has benefited many times as China’s reform and development has progressed.
So far this year, Chinese enterprises have created more than 80,000 jobs in the US, according to a May report from the National Committee on US-China Relations, a non-profit organization that encourages cooperation between the countries.
China and the US have achieved impressive progress in cultural and people-to-people exchanges, with 6.13 million flying between the countries in 2014 – the equivalent of 17,000 people per day – according to the data released by the Civil Aviation Administration of China in June 2015. Visa-easing policies from the US have made traveling to the country on a whim possible for Chinese citizens.
And it’s not just the two countries that have benefited from major breakthroughs in Sino-US efforts, but also the global community.
The Sino-US consensus on expanding the Information Technology Agreement enables products worth an annual total of $1.3 trillion to be traded across the globe duty-free. The joint announcement on climate change made by China and the US played a leading role in global ecological management.
When China and US cooperate the world benefits; if the two confront each other it will suffer.
China and the US have been cooperating closely on numerous global issues; Sino-US achievements can be seen in areas as varied as nuclear development in Iran, and the responses to the ongoing Syrian crisis, climate change and West Africa’s Ebola epidemic.
However, different voices have been heard from time to time.
Some hold a twisted zero-sum-game belief in which the idea of both countries benefiting from their relationship is deemed impossible. Such people speculate that China is a country with a hostile ideology, expansionist plans and the desire to be a hegemonic power, and that this – coupled with its powerful military and different cultural principles – makes it a threat to the US.
Problems in Sino-US relations do exist, such as maritime disputes, cyber-security concerns and disagreements on areas of strategy, politics, values and economic interests. However, seen from a historical view and within a global context, the two countries’ common interests far outweigh their differences and disagreements.
In the context of global economy, the prosperity of one nation does not need to, nor can it possibly, be achieved by challenging an old power or an existing international order. China is dedicated to the mission of building a new model of major country relationship with the US, a relation with no conflicts, no confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation. The vast Pacific Ocean is undoubtedly a sufficient playground for these two powers.
When Xi met with Susan Rice, the US national security advisor on August 28 in Beijing, he told her that China is willing to expand bilaterally and cross-regionally, and to continue global cooperation with the US in various areas, together finding constructive ways to handle sensitive issues.
The relationship between China and the US has no precedent to use as a road map, and so progress will not always be smooth. Patience and composure are called for in the cooperation and coordination of specific projects.
Sino-US relations can continue marching steadily on in the long term as long as the two nations can maintain a calm and forward-thinking attitude towards disagreements and disputes, and uphold the principles of no conflicts, no confrontation, mutual respect, and win-win cooperation. (The Daily Mail – People’s Daily news exchange item)
Sep 28, 2016 0
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