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President Xi's US trip to promote Asian-Pacific region peace

Editor: Tong Xinxin 丨CCTV.com

09-17-2015 14:33 BJT

By Han Xudong,National Defense University

Chinese President Xi Jinping will pay a state visit to the United States from Sept 22 to 25 at the invitation of his US counterpart Barack Obama, which will be his first since assuming office in March 2013. China and the US stand as the most influential countries with immense impact over the Asian-Pacific region security situation. Accordingly, the international community waits in anxious anticipation for the Xi -Obama meeting.

President Xi will reiterate China's counter-hegemony policy. Beijing held the grand parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the victory of Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and World Anti-fascism War on September 3. Some Western media claimed that Beijing tried to "show muscles" by virtue of the parade and is allegedly seeking to terrorize the Asian-Pacific region and the US with brute military force. Yet, these are wrong assumptions.

At the ceremony, President Xi announced a plan to disarm 300,000 troops, which was the 11th large-scale disarmament since the founding of the People's Republic of China in l949, which demonstrated Beijing's solemn commitment to maintain world peace. The parade was not merely a showing off of military power, but to maintain peace. China will neither seek hegemony in the Asian-Pacific region nor join hands with the US to practice hegemonism.

It is necessary to deal with security issues properly in a bid to maintain peace in Asian-Pacific region. China and the US should assume greater responsibility on the settlement of hot-spot issues, especially since some of them have been incited by the US.

The Asian-Pacific is the only region where no wars have erupted since the Gulf War and that’s due to Beijing's efforts. During President Xi's visit to the US, he will reiterate China's willingness to maintain world peace especially in the Asian-Pacific region, hoping the US can make positive contributions to resolving tensions as well.

China has become the world’s second largest economy, but the Chinese military strength lags far behind the US. And to a large extent, the US welcomes China's development and expansion of its economy. However, along with necessary improvements for the Chinese military force, the US should show more concern for the rising Chinese military power.

The US lacks a proper understanding of Beijing's determination to maintain world peace. The US incorrectly thinks that China is pushing for a military confrontation, and has raised paranoid concerns about China's threat to America's security. In reality, the US has deployed more and more overseas troops to the Asian-Pacific region. Consequently, the military issue has become one of the core topics influencing the relationship between the US and China.

Accordingly, President Xi will discuss how to strengthen military exchanges and build mutual trust between both sides, which shows Beijing's sincere efforts to maintain peace in the Asian-Pacific region.


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