Interview: Cooperation between U.S., China essential: U.S. experts (3)

10:04, April 03, 2010      

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Rosen said the U.S. tends to be governed by elections. In his opinion, before the November election, the U.S. is unlikely to make concessions on issues on currency and others.

He said what the U.S. can do is very limited right now, but he does not expect that the U.S. will take major actions to further deteriorate the U.S.-China relations. In his opinion, the Obama Administration and Democrats need to show their toughness towards China to woo voters before the mid-term election.

He said most U.S. Congressional members are politicians but not statesmen. What they care about is to get re-elected every two years. Therefore, whether a small business will be closed and several dozens of employees will lose their jobs in their district is certainly a big concern for them, while whether what they have done will impact U.S.-China relations is not what they are caring about.

Ben Tang, Director of Asian Studies at the Claremont Institute, told Xinhua that nationalism in both countries is on the increase and China has felt the pressure. However, he said the importance for the U.S. and China to cooperate should be carefully taken into consideration while making big decisions.

Tang said that there is a trend of trade protectionism in the U. S. and some Americans attempt to let the world share the burden of its economic recession, that will set a very bad example in the world.

But in Tang's opinion, the increasing trade protectionism and voices to be tough on China in the U.S. are partly fueled by the mid-term election to be held in November this year. He said such a situation won't last long. It will gradually die down after the election.

Source: Xinhua
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