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Xi's US trip to expand consensus

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

09-25-2015 15:12 BJT

By Su Hao, professor of China Foreign Affairs University; Zhang Meng, reporter of Xinhua News Agency

Chinese President Xi Jinping is paying his first state visit to the United States from September 22 to 25, since taking office in 2013. Earlier, Xi Jinping and his US counterpart Barack Obama have met at the  Annenberg Retreat in California, in 2013 and the Zhongnanhai leadership compound, Beijing, in 2014.

President Xi is expected to promote a new model of major country relationship between Beijing and Washington, featuring no conflict, no confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation, strengthen mutual strategic trust and initiate the harmonious coexistence model of a burgeoning and traditional major countries. Meanwhile, both sides should make efforts to manage strategic divergences to stabilize Sino-US relations. 

Yes, there are some disharmonious factors with Sino-US ties. The American Council on Foreign Affairs issued a report, "Revising US Grand Strategy Towards China" by Robert Blackwill and Ashley Tellis in April this year. Michael Pillsbury, former assistant under secretary of defense for policy planning, published the book “The Hundred-Year Marathon: China's Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower”. They advised Washington to wake up and change its strategy towards Beijing to "balance" China's rise.

Xi is to face up to such divergences and communicate with the US to reach common ground.

1. Internet security: In recent years, the US has condemned the Chinese economy spies, military sources, and network hackers encroaching upon America's business secrets and data of civil servants, claiming that such actions have damaged America's economic interests and challenged the values of freedom.

2. South China Sea issue: The US has denounced China's construction of the South China Sea, saying it violated international maritime law and hampered the freedom of navigation in the South Sea.

3. Unfair economic competition: The US expressed concerns that China's drastic fluctuations of its stock markets and the sharp devaluation of the China Yuan had shaken international finance and bulk commodities, claiming it’s another unfair economic competition manipulated by Beijing.

4. Human rights: The US challenged China's National Security Law, Internet Security Law and Overseas NGO Administration Law and made carping comments on China's measures to maintain national security.

Nevertheless, China and the US share substantial common interests, and it is expected Xi’s visit can resolve differences and expand bilateral cooperation.

In November 2014, China and the US co-published a Sino-US Joint Statement on Climate Change, signaling an important move to enhance collaboration.

China and the US have remained reliant on each other in terms of trade, which has become the "ballast" and "propeller" of bilateral ties. In 2014, trade volume between the two countries hit 555.1 billion US dollars, and China realized net output investment on America. President Xi's visit will provide critical assistance to negotiations of direct investment in China and the US.

China and the US have broad common interests to safeguard world peace. They have made concerted efforts to facilitate the signing of Iran's nuclear agreement; oppose Islamist extremism and terrorism and are willing to solve the crisis together;

China and the US have tackled the  Korean Penninsula nuclear crisis together and prevented an escalation of tensions on the  Peninsula. They have become important partners for regional security.

Xi Jinping had already said that the two countries' friendship can cross time and space. Both sides have shouldered a responsibility to maintain world peace and development. They should meet each other half way in joint efforts to resolve disputes through dialogues. They can deepen the new model of major country relationship to lay a good foundation for future cooperation.


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