China, U.S. share extensive common interest in Asia-Pacific region

16:24, January 20, 2011      

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Chinese President Hu Jintao affirmed China's relations with Asia-Pacific countries including the United States, in an effort to promote the regional development, enhance mutual trust and mutual benefit and their cooperation will also attain sustainable growth and mutual benefit and win-win outcome. This is an incisive summary of China's ties with all neighboring counties.

President Hu made this affirmation in a written interview with the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post ahead of this visit to the United States. He is now on a state visit to the United States and this is second official trip to the U.S., and his last official visited was made in April of 2006 when George W. Bush was in office.

"The United States has a profound interest in peace and stability in Asia," former US President Bill Clinton had said in his lengthy China-policy speech at the Voice of America the eve of former Chinese President Jiang Zemin's visit to the U.S. in October 1997. So it can be said that both nations have reached consensus on this point.

In view of the tense crisis situation on the Korean Peninsular in late last year, how far did the People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) or the Republic of Korea (ROK) really go? And the Korea War (1950-53) told people that the issue on Korean Peninsula could only rely on the peaceful means of dialogue and negotiations instead of military means.

Moreover, the United States' trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region over the 90's of the 20th century surpassed the US-EU trade and investment in Europe during the same period. Today, President Barack Obama has detailed efforts to double its exports over the next five years and to make Asia the main destination for US exports. So, the maintenance of the Asia-Pacific region's prosperity is essential for the sustained economic growth of both China and the U.S.

The Fourth Round of the Six-Party Talks was held in Beijing, China, and the countries concerned issued the Joint Statement on 19 September 2005. DPRK then started its denuclearization process and destroyed the Yongbyon 5MW reactor's cooling tower during a controlled demolition in June 2008. There was an ensuing brief period of relative calm on the Korean peninsula due to a platform provided by Six-Party Talks and the "Sunshine Policy" devised by late former Presidents Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun.

The United States is a Pacific nation. China and the U.S. fought side by side in the Second World War and contributed tremendously to maintaining peace in the Asia-Pacific region. The regional peace, stability and prosperity are good to both nations, and countries in the region can also share benefits brought to them thereafter and, if there are military conflicts, turmoil and economic meltdown, that would be good to neither.

Meanwhile, President Hu Jintao declared in the written interview that "We both stand to gain from a sound China-U.S. Relationship, and lose from confrontation. We should act in the fundamental interest of our two peoples and uphold the overall interests of world peace and development. We should rise up to challenges, remove disturbances, work for shared goals and promote continuous growth of our relations."

Quite a few scholars and experts once referred to the Sino- U.S. relationship as a great test or major trial-experiment. Participants on the one side are new, emerging developing nations and those on the other side are veteran, old-brand developed powers, and both developing and developed countries very much want to live in amity within the same world system.

History tells us however that the old world system was difficult to accommodate and "digest" the new, emerging countries, and there are often frictions and even international conflicts among them. The growth of Sino-U.S. ties, nevertheless, have enabled an increasing number of people to see that it is indeed a "win-win" game as long as both sides have a good faith to communicate and cooperate with each other. If the "win-win" game is let to continue, the word "amity" must be adhered to for spurring and deepening their cooperation and, only through cooperation, can the basis for Sino-American amity be reinforced and further advanced.

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