Interview: Inter-parliamentary exchanges very helpful for U.S.-China relations

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by Xinhua Writer Jiang Guopeng

To deepen parliamentary exchanges is a very effective way to reduce tensions in the U.S.- China relations, former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft said, adding that the two countries have no "incompatible views" about the international system.

"I believe that China could do more to make itself understood in the United State. And one of the things that I would really like to see would be exchanges between the American Congress and the National People's Congress (NPC)," said Scowcroft in a recent interview with Xinhua.

An NPC delegation headed by Standing Committee Vice-Chairman Lu Yongxiang visited U.S. Congress last week for the annual meeting. Both agreed to further consolidate the parliamentary interaction mechanism so that it could play a greater role for improving the bilateral relations.

"It would be helpful if our Congress and your NPC could get better their points each other, that's one thing that would help more than anything else to reduce the kinds of emotional tensions, which arise in a considerable part because we don't understand each other," said Scowcroft.

According to Scowcroft, who served as National Security Adviser under Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush, as China expands its interests during its rapid deployment, the United States and China will "come in contact in much more variety of ways that never before."

"Those sometimes will create some differences of view, but I think if we can work our way through those differences, we don't have fundamentally incompatible views about the world," he said, adding that dialogues between leaders, governments and parliaments would be very useful.

Both U.S. President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao are committed to promoting a positive, cooperative and comprehensive U.S.-China relationship in the 21th century, agreeing to keep close communication through mutual visits, meetings, telephone conversations and correspondence.

Senior officials of the two governments will meet in Beijing early next week for the second round of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, which is expected to discuss "a host of issues, ranging from financial matters to regional concerns," according to U.S. State Department.

"We both have a common interest in a stable and prosperous world system, where trade is profitable to everybody, where relationships are amicable, where problems that arise around the world can be dealt with cooperatively and multilaterally," said Scowcroft.

"What we need to do is to take advantage of the fact that we don't have incompatible views about the world and to work together in promoting cooperation and in dealing with problems that arise around the world in a way which benefits everyone," he added.

Source: Xinhua


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