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UPDATED: 21:47, March 22, 2007
Robert Zoellick and Zhao Qizheng talk about Sino-US relations
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In his Wednesday lecture in Shanghai entitled, "From the Shanghai Communique to responsible international stakeholder", Robert Zoellick, vice chairman of international operations at Goldman Sachs and former US Deputy Secretary of State, further explained the concept of "responsible stakeholder" which he first raised in September 2005. He said that the US and China should share responsibility for resolving such issues as nuclear development in North Korea and Iran, problems in Sudan and energy safety. He said that these four issues are of vital importance in Sino-US relations.

Zoellick confirmed China's role in the six party talks on the North Korean nuclear issue. However, he warned that the diplomatic advances made in February were just the beginning. China and the US should cooperate closely, and together promote the early settlement of this issue.

With regard to Iran and Sudan, Zoellick hopes China will play a more active role.

Zoellick said the energy safety problem was important for both countries. It might prove a source or conflict, but it could also be an important area of cooperation, he said. The two countries have common interests and should share the responsibility of developing renewable resources, diversifying energy, protecting the environment, and safeguarding the pipelines that transport energy resources.

In 2005, in his speech to the National Committee of the United States, Robert Zoellick called on China to become a "responsible international stakeholder", a term that has since become a touchstone of the Bush administration's China policy.

Zoellick has encouraged China to become a more responsible stakeholder. Chinese officials have talked about what this means. After Zoellick's lecture, Zhao Qizheng, deputy director of the Foreign Affairs Committee under the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, said that China would be responsible in three areas.

Its first responsibility, as a relatively under-developed nation with a GDP which accounts for just 5 percent of the world GDP, is to develop itself. It will also take seriously its duties as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Finally, China will address the challenges it and the world face in terms of environmental protection, terrorism, drug abuse, and pandemic disease.

By People's Daily Online

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