Will U.S. officials’ visit "untangle" China-U.S. relations?

15:49, March 02, 2010      

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U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg and senior director for Asian affairs on the National Security Council under the White House Jeff Bader will visit China March 2. It is worth noting whether the visit proposed by the U.S. can help turn around the China-U.S. relations amid successive troubles seen in bilateral relations since the start of 2010.

Since the start of 2010, there have been many opinions from U.S. academic and media circles that all are pessimistic about China-U.S. relations, and a series of later actions by the Obama administration seem to provide footnotes for such views.

Within a period of 2 and a half months, the U.S. had planned to sell weapons worth 6.4 billion U.S. dollars to Taiwan, groundlessly criticized China's network management using the "Google event," stirred up multiple trade frictions, and allowed high-ranking officials including Barack Obama to meet with the Dalai Lama. These actions by the U.S. have seriously undermined the foundation for the development of China-U.S. relations, hurt the feelings of the Chinese people, and caused a severely negative impact on exchanges and cooperation in many major areas between the 2 countries.

An old Chinese saying goes, "Whoever started the trouble should end it." The 2 senior officials whom are evaluated by media agencies as "China experts" will exchange views with China on issues related to China-U.S. relations, which is a step initiated by the U.S.

In terms of China-U.S. relations, the stance held by China is consistent and clear. In regard to issues concerning China's core interests, China will never barter away principles. As to develop the relations of the 2 countries, China has always handled the worlds most important and most complicated bilateral relations from a strategic and a long-term perspective. As for the U.S., it should never expect China to keep silent when it comes to the issues that violate the interests of China.

This visit undoubtedly shows that both countries attach much importance to China-U.S. ties and hope to create a good environment for the development of bilateral relations through face-to-face discussions. In any case, China and the U.S. have to jointly negotiate many important bilateral and multilateral issues such as stabilizing the global economy, coping with climate change and promoting trade liberation. All of the issues not only concern the welfare of the 2 countries, but also concern the peace, stability and prosperity of the world.

Symbolized by former U.S. President Nixon's icebreaking visit to China, the direct exchange between China and the U.S. was resumed 40 years ago. Therefore, China-U.S. relations should have become quite mature. Passage of time has not only enhanced mutual ties and brought more common interests for the 2 countries across the Pacific Ocean, but also brought about much impact on global development.

Premier Wen Jiabao communicated with Chinese netizens on the same day when the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the China visit by 2 senior U.S. officials. Wen stated that satisfying China-U.S. relations are good for the 2 countries and the 2 peoples. As for the economic and trade relations between the 2 countries, Wen clearly stated, "Relevant trade friction should be settled through friendly negotiations…We do not hope to encounter violent ups and downs in the economic and trade exchange between the 2 sides this year, and we must make more efforts to prevent the ups and downs from appearing."

The phrase "developing amid twists and turns and cooperating amid disputes" can be used to describe the normal state of China-U.S. relations. Development of bilateral ties requires political wisdom from politicians. American politicians who know much about "Chuang-Tze" and understand the exact meaning of "pulling together in times of trouble" are certainly familiar with a famous Chinese verse, "Green hills cannot stop water flowing, and rivers keep on going eastwards."

By People's Daily Online
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