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China, US should head towards the same direction

(People's Daily Online)

09:18, June 01, 2013

Recently, U.S. media is paying more and more attention to the upcoming China-U.S. presidential summit. On May 27, American officials visited China, paving the way for Xi-Obama meeting. Meanwhile, the 2013 Fortune Global Forum (FGF) will be held in the city of Chengdu in southwest China's Sichuan province from June 6 to 8. This forum is regarded as a new opportunity for China-U.S. friendship. Behind all this, all eyes are on Xi-Obama meeting.

The summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled for June 7 to 8 in Rancho Mirage, California. The world will hold the breath when the leaders of the world's largest and second largest economies sit together.

The leaders of the two sides will have sufficient time for conversation, in the natural and casual environment for deeper, more thorough and more candid communication. Such meeting format is the first of its kind in over 30 years of China-U.S. diplomatic relations. It is a pioneering move to strengthen exchanges between the two leaders, reflecting China-U.S. relations is gradually moving towards being pragmatic, as expected by both sides.

Of course, people are more concerned about what the two leaders will talk about.

When President Xi met with Thomas Donilon, Deputy Assistant to the U.S. President for National Security Affairs on May 27, he said he was looking forward to meeting with President Obama early June for extensive communication on major strategic issues of common concern to deepen understanding, enhance mutual trust, and build consensus as well as promote cooperation.

The China-U.S. relationship is undoubtedly the world's most important bilateral relationship, but it is also the most difficult one. The two sides are facing unprecedented opportunities, but also need to overcome unprecedented difficulties. Currently traditional security is intertwined with non-traditional security threats, with high politics and low politics, adding more complex variables to the development of China-U.S. relations. How to control these differences and contradictions will determine whether this relationship can be lasting and stable.

Source: People's Daily Overseas Edition
Read the Chinese version:中美相向而行,才不会错过对方
Author:Ruan Zongze, deputy director of the China Institute of International Studies

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