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Concrete U.S. action needed to augment strategic trust with China

By Wang Haiqing (Xinhua)

08:42, May 04, 2012

BEIJING, May 3 (Xinhua) -- The fourth round of the China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) opened here Thursday, with the two global players expected to boost their strategic mutual trust, which has been running low for some time.

The current trust gap between Beijing and Washington stems from continual trade disputes and, more importantly, the lack of concrete action on the U.S. side to prove that its strategic shift to the Asia-Pacific region poses no threat to China.

As a case in point, recent months have seen Washington moving to forge a closer military relationship with Manila through military assistance, warship sales and joint drills.

The development comes at a time when the Philippines has been brazenly challenging China's sovereignty over Huangyan Island, an integral part of China's territory since ancient times.

Despite U.S. claims that it is not taking sides in the issue, its action speaks a louder truth: It is projecting visible influence, just as is desired by the Philippines.

To preserve and promote the hard-earned China-U.S. mutual trust, the United States needs to make more earnest efforts, instead of paying only lip service.

In regard to trade disputes, many sober minds have pointed out that the punitive duties the United States has repeatedly slapped on Chinese goods are harmful not only to Chinese industries but to the recovering U.S. economy.

It is in the interests of both sides that U.S. decision-makers sit down with their Chinese counterparts and negotiate a solution to their trade frictions, rather than simply resort to protectionist measures.

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