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Memo to the Presidents of America and China on Peaceful Coexistence

13:59, April 16, 2010

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By John Milligan-Whyte and Dai Min

America economically and militarily reciprocating the Principles of Peaceful Coexistence with China is essential. It is what is "the architecture of peace and new grand strategy for the 21st century" and the "bold massive jolt to the system" that can restore the confidence in the capital markets that America's economic crisis can be sustainably managed. It is also what is essential to enable China's policymakers and people's to trust Americans' noble intentions in seeking to export American definitions of human rights.

America reciprocating the Principles of Peaceful Coexistence are the fundamental changes required in American policymakers' "complex" relationship with China. It is the unexpected answer to questions about how to achieve global peace, prosperity and human rights, which Fareed Zakaria raised in Newsweek as President Obama entered office.

America's current policies simultaneously clash with China on issues vital to China's economic and national security while seeking China's collaboration on issues vital to America's economic and national security. They make it difficult for China's policymakers to fulfill their responsibilities to the Chinese people and assist America's policymakers to fulfill their responsibilities to the American people. American policymakers' clash with and seek to collaborate with China approach is too complex and unfair to work very well for America or China. A simpler and fairer collaborative approach will work brilliantly and benefit all nations.

Three generations of China's leaders have laid the foundations for a 21st century military and economic alliance with America by unilaterally implementing the Principles of Peaceful Coexistence with all nations throughout three Democratic and three Republican Presidents' administrations. That is 30 years more reassurance of China's policymakers' desire for peace than American policymakers have given China. China's policymakers are drawn from 3,710,000 local level party organizations and trained throughout their careers in 2600 Party Schools. Two books by American authors have been translated and published by the Central Party School Publishing House in China. The first was Paul Kennedy's The Rise and Fall of Great Powers in 1989. The second is China and America's Leadership in Peaceful Coexistence which it published in January 2010 with the title in Mandarin that translates into English as: Sino-US Relations in the Obama Administration: Facing Shared Challenges.

China's policymakers' implementation of the Principles of Peaceful Coexistence is a priceless national security asset for Americans. It is the most effective and neglected defense asset that America has and it is tax-free. Not to reciprocate the peaceful aspirations of 22% of mankind toward America is a mistake that undermines America's and all nations' economic and national security.

It is time for American policymakers to reciprocate because aligning America and China's 21st century economic and national security in a "new era of partnership" that implements the Principles of Peaceful Coexistence in an American military and economic alliance with China is the only way American policymakers can restore America's economic and national security, which underpins the charisma of America's global leadership and the moral authority of America's desire to expand human rights.

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John Milligan-Whyte and Dai Min are the executive producers and co-hosts of the Collaboration of Civilizations television series adapted by the eight books they wrote in the America-China Partnership Book Series published in English and Mandarin in 2009-2010. They founded the America-China Partnership Foundation and Forum in 2008 and the Center for America-China Partnership in 2005. E-mail: [email protected]