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Xi Jinping holds high hopes for US visit

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

09-21-2015 17:37 BJT

By Tom McGregor, CNTV Commentator

Emboldened by optimism, Chinese President Xi Jinping will begin his United States tour on Tuesday. He is scheduled to attend a State Dinner at the White House; deliver a speech at the United Nation's (UN) headquarters, as well as meet regular Americans in Seattle, Washington D.C. And New York City.

"During the visit, President Xi will devote much time to reach out to the cities, states, business-friendly groups and communicate with people from all walks of life," China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi is quoted as saying. "He will deliver speeches to the general public, hold meetings with representatives and business communities, while also speaking with school faculties and students."

Wang added, "We believe President Xi's visit will generate a new wave of interest in China from the American society."

Reaffirming global outreach

Beijing remains a staunch supporter of the international order. President Xi recognizes that maintaining peace, stability and development are essential to enhance China’s ties with the world, especially with the US.

For China to enjoy a more positive global image, the Chinese government is committed to a peaceful and prosperous Asia-Pacific region. Beijing pledges to good neighborhood diplomacy through acts of amity, sincerity, mutual benefits and inclusiveness.

Despite misconceptions, China's economic expansion really is a win-win for all countries to benefit from. President Xi has introduced two bold initiatives - One Belt, One Road (New Silk Road) and Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) - to boost trade, investment and infrastructure development for a large part of the world.

Bringing higher-level China-US cooperation

President Xi's US visit will conclude with a series of signed agreements related to the economy and trade, energy, people-to-people exchanges, climate change, environmental protections, science & technology, agriculture, law enforcement, defense, aviation and infrastructure development.

Xi and Obama plan to address vital security issues of concern, such as the construction activities by China on its own islands and reefs in the South China Sea. Such discussions can set the stage for more in-depth bilateral governmental exchanges that can step up coordination to resolve long-held diplomatic disputes that have been simmering between both sides.

President Xi is calling for further progress on negotiations of BIT (Bilateral Investment Treaty). And on a positive note, Beijing and Washington stand united to fight climate change, while pledging to work together to uphold global economic stability and growth.

Instilling more trust and harmony

The ‘trust’ factor appears to be the main hot-button issue impacting China-US bilateral relations. Hence, more dialogue between both sides would be essential.

Presidents Xi and Obama have already agreed to step-up inter governmental talks on cyber topics as the two nations can collaborate to combat all forms of cyber-crimes, uphold cyber-security and enhance cyber-space cooperation. Such endeavors can create a more peaceful, secure, open and harmonious ‘Internet World.’

President Xi will express his support for peace to the American people and to people of the world. In prior speeches, he’s quoted as saying, "What China stands for is peaceful development, not hegemony; greater democracy in international standards, not power politics; win-win cooperation, not zero-sum game; and a right approach to the interests and principles, not a pursuit for selfish interests."

Meeting regular Americans face-to-face

Routinely when a national leader makes a State visit to the White House, they stay in a tightly-knit security bubble and avoid meeting ordinary Americans. However President Xi will take a fresh grassroots approach for his tour.

He is scheduled to visit the Boeing aircraft factory in Everett, Washington and meet hi-tech entrepreneurs at a forum in Seattle. He intends to visit schools to talk with teachers and students as well. These public events can add further impetus to friendlier China-US relations.

The two nations have already established 43 sister/province relations and over 200 sister city relations. Last year alone, approximately 4.3 million visits were made across the Pacific, while the number of students studying in each other's country has exceeded 500,000.

Embarking on a journey of hope

China-US relations will always have its ups-and-downs, but the path of mutual cooperation for shared benefits should stand at the forefront of bilateral relations. Yes, both sides have some major disagreements with each other that may not be resolved in the near future, but they should at least agree to disagree.

President Xi wants the American people to understand that he seeks to improve China-US relations, which can promote more trade and investment for both economies. Accordingly, his US visit stands as a message of hope. 

 

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