By Li Boya
General Brent Scowcroft, a trailblazer in US-China relations, said that bilateral ties have many strengths but the most important is the “desire of our two countries to contribute positively to the peace and security of the Asia-Pacific and the global community.”
During an exclusive interview with People’s Daily ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the US, the 90-year-old general whose secret visits to Beijing helped mend the soured ties in 1989, shared his visions on how to promote the “new model of major country relations”.
If the US and China are to forge a stronger relationship, “clean up the environment, provide humanitarian assistance to those in need, combat terrorism, and upgrade the quality of life for all,” Scowcroft explains, “we will need to do more than just manage differences. We will also need to be more creative about cooperatively managing programs that are in our common interest. ”
Scowcroft noted that cooperation between the US and China on security issues is generally good. “We both want a nuclear-free Iran and a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula and are working to achieve that. We both recognize that UN peacekeeping activities and search and rescue operations in areas which have experienced man-made and natural disasters should be increased. ”
He spoke highly of China’s contribution to UN’s peacekeeping operations. “China is the largest contributor of personnel to PKO operations and I applaud its commitment – as well as our own – to deescalating tensions in war-torn areas. ”
Answering the query how the two countries could work together on combating natural disasters, the general said, “I look forward to the civil aid agencies, non-government organizations, and coast guards of our two countries working together to alleviate human suffering. Let me also note that both of our countries are offering sound ideas to frame environmental proposals and energy alternatives that will be important themes at the upcoming UN Climate Conference in December. ”
Scowcroft said he had met Mr. Xi during his visit to the US in 2012 and deemed him to be a good listener. “He valued hearing from others about how they would go about addressing a problem. He also spoke eloquently about the importance of US-China relations and how together we could build a more just world,” he noted. “The American people will certainly value seeing that side of President Xi”
The general said that the US welcomes China’s rise and the contributions China can make to international peace, prosperity and security. “I know that some of my friends in China are worried that America’s ‘policy architecture’ with respect to China is ‘containment’. I would argue that it’s ‘policy architecture’ of ‘inclusion’. We urge China to share its success with other nations and are encouraged when it does so responsibly and with due consideration for the interests of others.”
Scowcroft said that he is confident that Obama and Xi will have constructive discussions on various topics such as maritime safety and security, cyber security, military ties, Iran and North Korea. “These are important issues and we can make progress on all of them if we can find common ground. I also believe that the American people will receive President Xi with the respect due to the leader of a great nation.” (The Daily Mail – People’s Daily news exchange item)
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The 68th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China.
— The Daily Mail - People's Daily