A new guide to China-U.S. relations (2)

08:33, January 21, 2011      

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Looking back, the China-U.S. relationship is like a sailing ship on the sea. As the guidelines for bilateral relations, the three Joint Communiques defined the starting point of the cruise route. Each important meeting between and each statement issued by current and former leaders from the two countries have laid different marks on the route. From the past until now and into the future, these marks ensure that China-U.S.relations move safely no matter what the international situations are.

Mutual respect and mutual benefit are the buzzwords in Wednesday's joint statement, which add something new to China-U.S. relations.

This answers the calls of history and meets the demands of the times.

Mutual respect determines what level a state-to-state exchange can reach. It lays the foundation for stable and sound China-U.S. relations. Throughout history, only a relationship of mutual respect can achieve sustainble development.

In today's world, countries are becoming more and more mutually dependent. They rarely stand or fall alone. No single country can achieve prosperity without international cooperation. The zero-sum and rivalry mentality can not survive in the current globlized world. Therefore, it has become a common responsibility for both Chinese and U.S. leaders to properly handle bilateral relations for a win-win result.

China and the United States both play an important role in the world and they share broad common interests and important common responsibilities.

To build a partnership of mutual respect and mutual benefit between China and the United States will help maintain their cooperation and bring concrete benefits to their people. It will also help them promote world peace, development and prosperity, address global challenges and bring benefits to the rest of the world.
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