- CNTV English - CCTV News

Will Biden's China visit boost China-U.S. relations?

08-18-2011 10:18 BJT Special Report:US Vice President Joseph Biden visits China |

BEIJING, Aug. 18 (Xinhuanet) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will start a six-day visit to China on Aug. 17. Will his visit consolidate the upward momentum of stable and positive China-U.S. relations?

Vice President of the United States Joseph Biden (L) steps down the airplane in Beijing, capital of China, on Aug. 17, 2011. Biden makes the visit at the invitation of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)

Obama’s right-hand man

Biden’s visit is the first of the planned reciprocal visits between the vice presidents of the two countries announced during Chinese President Hu Jintao's state visit to the United States in January. It will help the United States adjust its future policy toward China and ensure stable bilateral relations.

Yuan Peng, director of the Institute of American Studies under the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, said that from an international perspective, the U.S. debt crisis has seriously jeopardized the world economy. China, the largest foreign holder of U.S. debt, has maintained close economic ties with the United States, and both countries have practical needs to coordinate interests through dialogue.

From a U.S. domestic perspective, Barack Obama needs someone to shoulder the diplomatic burden so he can focus on next year's presidential elections. As Hillary Clinton does not plan to serve a second term as the Secretary of State, it is certain that Obama will rely more on Biden, a veteran dovish diplomat, in developing foreign policy toward China. This is another important context for Biden’s upcoming trip to China.

Biden had visited China twice — once in 1979 and 2001. He expressed clear opposition to treating China as a potential enemy and stressed that China and the United States share common interests. Yuan said that by visiting China again after 10 years, Biden will have a deeper and better understanding of the peacefully rising country. This visit is expected to produce a relatively profound impact on his future decision-making about China.

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program