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Ambassador: China-US relations not zero-sum game

By Wang Tian (People's Daily Online)

16:34, October 27, 2011

Edited and Translated by People's Daily Online

The fifth Biennial China-U.S. Relations Conference kicked off at the George Bush Presidential Library in Texas on Oct. 24 and was attended by more than 600 political, business and academic leaders from the two countries.

Viewing China-U.S. relations with new mindset

Zhang Yesui, China's ambassador to the United States, said at the conference that the two countries have markedly different social systems, values, cultural traditions as well as economic and social development levels. These differences have led to different views on certain issues and may cause misunderstanding, doubts and worries about each other's strategic intentions.

However, China-U.S. relations are not and should not become a zero-sum game. Both countries should view their bilateral relations with a new mindset and make efforts to expand economic cooperation, improve strategic mutual trust and properly handle differences and friction.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, who will soon visit China, said that the two countries have a "deep, wide-ranging and complex relationship." A healthy China-U.S. relationship is central to the future of the Asia-Pacific region and the global economy, and mutual trust and understanding are essential to the security and prosperity of both countries, Burns said.

United States' opinions on China's rapid development are complicated.

Although officials of the Obama Administration have repeated many times that they welcome a strong and prosperous China, many strategists and politicians of the United States obviously hold more complicated opinions on China's development. Robert Art, a professor of international relations from Brandeis University, said that as the economic and military strengths of China keep growing, the gap of strength between China and the United States is narrowing, and the United States' overall strategy toward the rise of China has divided into three branches: the "taking it easier" branch, "inevitable conflict" branch and "optimism-realism" branch.

The first branch believes that China actually does not want to rebuild the current international order. Therefore, it suggests that the United States should connect with China, bring China into the international system and make China a responsible stakeholder.

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ming chu in America at 2011-10-2975.208.228.*
I am not a sino specialist from renowned universities of America or China but what do you mean "zero-sum" ? is same as "点心" ?

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