Chinese leaders proposed that the two countries should manage and control their differences, which is an important principle to stabilize and develop Sino-US relations, Teng Jianqun, director of the Department for American Studies at the China Institute of International Studies, told People’s Daily in an interview.
Teng explained that the principle stemmed from traditional Chinese diplomatic thoughts of seeking common ground while putting aside differences, as well as the deep understanding on the reality of Sino-US relations.
It reflects Chinese leaders’ new concepts of innovatively regulating bilateral ties and has become one of the cornerstones in building a new model of major-country relations, said Teng.
“In a sense, the process of normalization of Sino-US relations is a history of divergence control between each other. Whether the differences can be managed and controlled directly related to the development of Sino-US relations,” he added.
At the turning point of the international order, both China and the US have an important task – how to safeguard the international political and economic order jointly established after the Second World War and reform the unreasonable and out-of-dated as well as to think about building a new order in the Asia-Pacific region, said Yuan Peng, vice president of China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations.
“The shift of US policy in the South China Sea is closely related to its judgement on China’s actions and intentions. The US is yet to realize that China has not changed its foreign policy on South China Sea or on its overall diplomatic strategy,” said Wang Zheng, director and associate professor of Center for Peace and Conflict Studies in the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, “Though it adopts more positive and progressive attitude in defending its rights in South China Sea. ”
“US’ judgment of the current situation is biased, misleading many Americans that China is to change the status quo in South China Sea resort to military forces,” he said.
Kaminski, a senior adviser for China Affairs of the Foreign Ministry of Austria, stressed that the history and culture has proved that Chinese people cherish peace and always uphold the concept of “Harmony is precious.”
Names of many places in China, such as Xi’an, the capital of 13 ancient dynasties of China, used to be called “Chang An,” meaning peace, he noted.
Besides, the Great Wall, one of China’s totems, serves as a defense fortification instead of aggression, said Kaminski, adding that “The Chinese culture has never been a provocative culture, but the culture of harmony.”
The US need to realize that whatever intention China has, the balance of power between China and the US has changed, Wang said. “The US side can’t expect China to act according to the original pattern. That’s out of the question.”
Historical experience shows that a rising power is definitely to have some impact on the current international pattern. “If there lacks enough communications on this judgment between the US and China, misunderstanding will be deepened,” said Wang.
Wang noted that, in the past, the US and China are used to dealing with differences through the establishment of various committees or dialogue mechanisms. The challenge right now lies that the two have different concepts, which could not be controlled and managed in old ways.
“To know is easy, but to do is difficult. Both the countries should have the communications in-depth and narrow the cognitive and conceptual divergence,” said Wang. (The Daily Mail – People’s Daily news exchange item)
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