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US-China cooperation on Middle East should be constructive

(People's Daily Online)

11:24, August 18, 2012

On Aug. 14, the first-round U.S.-China Dialogue on Middle East was held in Beijing. It will discuss how the Middle East situation will develop and how the two countries should strengthen their cooperation on regional and global challenges.

The United States and China are rarely seen to discuss the Middle East issue together. After the Cold War, the United States always regard the Middle East as its exclusive domain so it does not want other countries, especially China, to step in. Although China regards the Middle East as “a greater surrounding area,” the Middle East is not at a front position on China's diplomatic agenda. Obviously, this China-U.S. dialogue is a new thing.

According to reports, this dialogue is one of the achievements made by the fourth-round China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue held in May 2012. Fundamentally, it is caused by the combination of three powers of China, the United States and Middle East and the transition of the situation.

First, the United States is strategically shrinking its power in the Middle East. Since it cannot shoulder the burden alone, it has to rely on its regional allies and outside great powers.
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McCarthy at 2012-08-18206.125.81.*
We have a saying in the US, it goes like this, "It takes two to Tango". Personally I think China is dancing without a real partner. I agree that communication is always better than confrontation, the world needs more communication and a lot less confrontation, however, when confronting a bully and cowardly individual that resorts to violence over and over there comes a time when you meet that individual on their own terms. Sometimes confrontation is the only language they understand.

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