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Obstacles block path of US-China relations

By Liu Baolai (Beijing Daily)

16:19, September 21, 2011

Edited and Translated by People's Daily Online

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden highlighted the interdependence between China and the United States during his recent China visit in order to send a message of confidence and promote cooperation. Biden's "charm" and "smile diplomacy" have closed the distance between Chinese and American people.

He returned to the United States with the friendship and cooperation of the Chinese people, but what he left for the Chinese people was little more than big and empty words. Because they are used to paying lip service, Americans often say one thing and do another. The Chinese people should be become cautious and enhance their wisdom and capacity to deal with the United States.

The development of China-U.S. relations faces several unavoidable roadblocks

The first is strategic reassurance. Just as Chinese President Hu Jintao said at the meeting with Biden, China and the United States shall foster strategic reassurance and enhance their cooperative partnership. Biden also said that both sides should improve strategic reassurance and avoid strategic misjudgment. In fact, the United States is often suspicious and makes "strategic misjudgment" with China because it wants to keep the "world's No. 1" status.

Some people in the United States often look at China through colored glasses and with a Cold War mentality. Any change in China would trigger their sensitive nerves. Recently, the U.S. Defense Department issued a report on Chinese military and security development. Regardless of facts, the report criticized China's normal defense and military buildup and insisted that the Chinese mainland posed a "military threat" to Taiwan. In this instance, to foster strategic reassurance between China and the United States is still a long-term and arduous task

Second, promises must be fulfilled. Americans are believers of pragmatism, and their words usually contain a lot of bubbles. Even U.S. President Barack Obama did not fulfill many of his promises, let alone Biden. During Biden's visit in China, the U.S. side indeed promised that it would guarantee the safety of China's investment in the United States, and the U.S. securities China has bought, but China wonders how true his words were.

According to the monthly report published on the Internet by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Treasury securities held by China had reached 1.6 trillion U.S. dollars by June of 2011. The downgrade of the credit rating of the U.S. treasury securities led to a Black Monday global stock market slump.

Alan Greenspan even made outrageous remarks, saying the United States could pay its debts by printing more U.S. dollars. We sincerely hope that the United States will not unreasonably let others share its own illness. As the biggest creditor of the United States, China has the right to require the United States to keep and completely fulfill its promises.

Third, mutual respect should be established. The United States always regards itself as the boss and tells others to do this or that arrogantly. It actually does not respect others, let alone carefully listen to others' suggestions. One thing that the people of China hate to see is the self-importance and arrogance of U.S. people. If you look through the U.S. newspapers, you could see that the United States is censuring and smearing China every single day. How can it be called mutual respect? Now, maybe it is time for the Untied States to squat down and listen.

(The author is the former director of the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs)


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Carlos Romanov at 2011-09-23183.193.125.*
The author has made several valid points. However, as for the securities bought by China and other countries, the only promise the US has mde is to pay it. There is no implied friendship, recognition of a market economy, or anything else. The securities are only a promise to pay. The securities are highly liquid. Therefore, if China feels insecure, it should sell them and use the proceeds to buy securities issued by other countries. Unfortunately, until such a day that the Renminbi is fully convertible, China needs foreign reserves to maintain its trade activities.
PD User at 2011-09-23193.105.210.*
very inspirational
helen at 2011-09-23141.0.9.*
The United States enjoys making fun of Chinese leaders ever so often. The Dalai Lama talks with Obama froze military ties. After sometime, the US encouraged China military to flirt with US military again. And then all the military visits and "talks" ensued as if nothing happened.The US now intends to sell or upgrade Taiwan"s air force and military knowing very well Chinese leaders will play tantrums and threaten to freeze military "ties or talks". The United States just laugh among themselves knowing very well Chinese leaders will cave in again and agree to resume "talks or ties" with US military after a very short while.This game is regularly played out to the amusement of the United States, its military and the US media. Chinese leaders" infantilism and empty threats are now the favourite jokes in the Pentagon and the US State Department.Will the next generation of leaders humiliate China and the Chinese people again!!!???
Canada at 2011-09-2370.36.49.*
Canada"s Business News TV channel [BNN] is obviously pro-business,some guests are very right wing, but it is a fairly good source of business news & info, & there are often U.S.guests interviewed. The schedule is published daily.
Jack Smith, USA at 2011-09-2324.26.135.*
There is simply no way the U.S. will ever repay the Chinese People for all the money China has loaned it. The U.S. is ruled by a Greedy, Arrogant, Selfish, Corrupt Exploitive Class which cares only about itself and about no one or nothing else. This American Exploitive Class is nothing short of an outright embarrassment to mankind and should be eliminated like the Great Chinese People eliminated their own exploitive class during and after the Liberation. Once that happens, there will be harmony between the U.S. and China. Until then, there will be nothing but trouble as the U.S. Exploitive Class exploits the Chinese People. While they"ve gotten away with this with average Americans, something tells this American citizen that this will not be tolerated by the Chinese People. The American Exploitive Class has a Day of Reckoning coming and it ain"t gonna be very pretty. Jack Smith, USA

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