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Common interests prevent 'Cold War' between China and US

By Ye Xiaowen (People's Daily Overseas Edition)

15:16, December 26, 2011

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

Upon overview of the world trend at the end of the year, Mr. Wu Jianmin asked a serious question: Will a new cold war break out?

Who want to wage new “Cold War?” In the West, there are notable figures advocating abandoning Cold War thinking, as well as politicians that are enthusiastic about new “Cold War.”

Margaret Thatcher once said the West should support Japan and India to prevent China from obtaining the leadership in Asia although the Cold War is over.

Richard Lugar, the former chairman of the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs said the United States and the Soviet Union have strived for hegemony in the past five decades, and that would happen between the United States and China over the next fifty years.

Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts and Republican presidential candidate contender exclaimed, "We can't just sit back and let China run all over us.”

Facing the new calls for another “Cold War”, China should make its stand clear. China adheres to peaceful development based on its basic national conditions, cultural traditions and its country’s fundamental and long-term interests. It certainly should continue to hold high the banner of socialism, because only socialism can save China and promote China’s development.

However, China’s socialism is not the kind of implacable opponent of the Western world in the days of the Cold War, but is one that adapts to economic development trends, integrates into the world market system and promotes its modernization in the process of globalization.

Facing such a developing giant, cooperation benefits both while contention hurts both even for the United States. Despite the many troubles between China and the United States, they also have many common interests, common responsibilities and common strategic assessments.

To develop a partnership on the basis of mutual respect and mutual benefit is the only correct strategic decision for them. As long as both China and the United States calm down, the “new Cold War” is unlikely to start.


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PD User at 2012-01-03113.239.225.*
Yes it does matter. You don"t care if communism is forced on you. I do. I would rather be dead than Red .
Sam Teng at 2011-12-30175.136.55.*
The people wants a government that can take care of the well being of its people; bringing about peace, prosperity and harmony. It does not matter what the system is as long as the people are happy and the government gets the job done. After all, a system should be dynamic and always change to suit the needs of the people and country. Like the great Teng Hsiao Ping said and I quote "It does not matter whether it"s a black or white cat, as long as it can catch the rate it is a good rat". Thus the US and the western countries should not try and push their system down the throat in socialist countries and their system has many problems and loopholes too. Mind your own business and there will be peace and harmony.
PD User at 2011-12-30113.231.244.*
By "forestalling democratic change in their home countries" I assume that you mean that these European countries really wanted to have communist puppet governments installed by the Soviet Union and be ruled by Stalin.The United States is not preventing those countries from becoming communist. The people in those countries have seen communism and don"t want it.
Louis Godena at 2011-12-28108.34.216.*
I find this well-intentioned article a bit naive. The West (Churchill and Truman) started the Cold War with the aim of holding onto and taking over the old European colonial empires and of forestalling democratic change in their home countries. The aim of the Western elite is not "peace" or "development," but domination. I am sure the leaders of China, like leaders everwhere, realize this and will not succumb to the pieties of well-meaning pacifists.
wende at 2011-12-2871.255.89.*
Socialism does not exist in China alone. You can call a number of european countries as socialist. US and its allies should learn to co-exist with countries with different systems of government and not force others to follow its system. Not many countries are governed in the same way as the US.

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