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Why do U.S. senior officials visit China in succession?

(People's Daily Online)

13:32, April 27, 2013

Edited and translated by Liang Jun, People's Daily Online

On April 24, U.S. deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns began his two-day visit to China. Burns is the fourth U.S. senior official Chinese top leaders met in recent one month.

Analyst said a series of visits by U.S. senior officials to China aim to find out the direction for the future development of Sino-U.S. relationships after the leadership transitions in the world's two largest economies amid heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Former U.S. senior officials also visit Beijing one after another

After the conclusion of China's "two sessions", the country's most important annual political convention, U.S. senior officials paid a series of visits to Beijing, during which, high-level officials of both sides held talks on important issues including economy, foreign diplomacy and military.

On March 19, the new U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, also U.S. president special representative, visited China. Between April 13 and 14, John Kerry paid his first visit to Beijing as the new U.S. Secretary of State. During his visit, the two countries singed and issued the joint statement on climate change. On April 21, Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff embarked on his first visit to China after taking office.

It is learned that U.S. National Security Advisor to the President Tom Donilon will visit China in May. China and the U.S. will hold the fifth round of strategic and economic dialogue in Washington D.C. in July.

Besides the incumbent U.S. officials, former U.S. senior officials including former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former Financial Minister Henry Paulson, also paid visit to China recently. They both met with Chinese leaders.

China, U.S. "test the waters"

On April 24, several experts interpreted U.S .officials' visits to China at the symposium on Asia-Pacific strategic change and a new type of Sino-U.S. ties.

When interviewed by reporters of Beijing News, former deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said during visits, China and the United States not only talked about Korean Peninsula, but also currency devaluation and H7N9 bird flu.

Wan Fan, professor with the Institute of International Relations Studies under China Foreign Affairs University, thinks the primary task of the U.S. officials' visits is "pathfinding". With new leaderships at the helm in both countries, they need to better understand the policy of each other so that they can set the directions for the future.

In addition, the two sides have common concerns about regional hot issues and global issues including the DPRK nuclear issue, the Diaoyu Islands related issue, the financial reform, the energy issue and the Mideast issue.

Read the Chinese version: 美高官扎堆访华“为中美关系探路"

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McCarthy at 2013-04-28206.125.86.*
Beware of strangers bearing gifts!!!! The United States will try to puff up the Chinese leadership, make them feel important in order to extract major concessions on Korea, Syria, Iran, and Japan. When they get what they want, they will stab China in the back and laugh their capitalist backsides off.
Nic at 2013-04-28124.13.96.*
If the West still maintain their embargo on you on high tech products don"t buy anything from them. Only sign MOUs.Quite some time ago I wrote about maintaining good relationship with Russia, it proves to be right. You are lucky Mr Putin is at the helm in Russia. He has good impressions on China and will be there for a long time. Work together and you will become a strong alliance and a strong force in future. After all you are also their closest neighbor; every effort should be made to build good relationship and mutual trust with one another.
Wende at 2013-04-2798.109.105.*
China should not continue with the appreciation of RMB in the view that US, EU and Japan are devaluing their currencies. They want to cut down on China"s export. This is a concerted effort orchestrated by US.
Wende at 2013-04-2798.109.105.*
China should not continue with the appreciation of RMB in the view that US, EU and Japan are devaluing their currencies. They want to cut down on China"s export. This is a concerted effort orchestrated by US.
PD User at 2013-04-27203.97.220.*
Now US and French need China more than ever as US is too scared as China tilts heavily towards Russia. French is in shit economically. China must not take it as anything exceptional but a normal course of business. Those bastards knows how to play games just for their own advantages. So when they need you they will come to you and do anything but when you need them they would not give you a fuck.

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