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China, US must adapt to each other for mutual benefit

By Qin Hong (People's Daily Overseas Edition)

09:52, February 17, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

On the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon's first visit in China and the publication of the Shanghai Communique, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping started his visit in the United States. Both China and the United States think highly of this visit and hope that it could remedy the China-U.S. relations, give the outside world a positive signal that they are overcoming hardships and strengthening their cooperation, and further promote the China-U.S. cooperative partnership.

Objectively speaking, China and the United States currently are like two passengers with different personalities on the same boat, and they not only cooperate but also compete with each other.

On the one hand, since China and the United States has been cooperating with and making efforts to adapt to each other for 40 years, the current China-U.S. relations has turned into one of the most important and vigorous bilateral relations with the largest development potential in the world.

The two countries' interests are interwoven deeply and their cooperation is widening. Exchanges between senior leaders of the two countries are also frequent. Their cooperation in a series of important regional and global affairs, such as resisting the impact of the international financial crisis, coping with the climate change, anti-terrorism, non-proliferation and cracking down on pirates, keeps strengthening. The two countries hold hundreds of ministerial-level dialogues every year. Various departments of the two countries have established more than 60 cooperative mechanisms.

The bilateral trade volume between the two countries had increased by more than 180 times from 1979 to 2011. China is the United States' largest creditor country and has been the United States' most rapidly growing export market for 11 successive years. The margin of 60 percent of the United States' enterprises in China is higher than their global average margin. The United States is China's largest source of foreign capitals and technologies as well as the largest export market.

Every day, there are more than 5,000 people going across the Pacific Ocean to China or the United States, and the two countries send about 100,000 students to each other to study every year too. China and the United States have established a relationship of wide common interests. Even those who were most optimistic about the China-U.S. relations in the past did not expect that the relationship would reach the current level.

Given the distinctly different social systems, ideologies, cultural traditions, development levels, and behavioral styles of China and the United States, some friction between the two countries are unavoidable.

As major powers with international influence, China and the United States never lack the courage or wisdom to solve problems. Facing new problems in the new situation, the two countries should adopt a strategic perspective, grasp general trends, strengthen communication as well as mutual understanding and mutual trust, and adapt to each other despite their differences. The United States should remember that its ties with China are not a zero-sum game, and China should boost its self-confidence, and adapt to its new role as well as the new environment and new requirements.

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