Latest News:  

English>>Foreign Affairs

S. African media upbeat about China-U. S. summit to seek new type of relationship


19:32, June 07, 2013

JOHANNESBURG, June 7 (Xinhua) -- The first summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama will catch widespread attention, as both countries are seeking a new type of relationship between the world's first and second economies, South African media said on Friday.

On Thursday, Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in the western U.S. state of California for a meeting with President Obama.

The summit, the first since Xi took office in March, will be held on Friday and Saturday at Sunnylands, the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Estate.

"The summit will underline the growing prominence of China in world affairs," said the South African main newspaper Business Day in its editorial.

"Since the 2008 global financial crisis there has been a sea change in the international expectation that China is fast assuming superpower status, which is reflected in the views of political elites and international public opinion," the editorial said.

The editorial holds that Chinese President Xi's first meeting with Obama in the U.S. will reflect an assessment that China's rising needs to be underpinned by better international understanding of the country.

"Between 2009 and 2011 alone there was a 10-percentage-point increase in public sentiment in countries as diverse as France, Germany, Spain, Pakistan, Jordan, Israel and Poland that China will surpass or has surpassed the U.S. as the world's most powerful state according to the Washington-based Pew Research Center's global attitudes project," the editorial said.

"The international opinion tends to be more favorable towards China's rising," it added, noting that the Chinese visiting president would seek to redevelop a new type of great-power relationship between the two countries.

During his meeting with Obama, President Xi would reiterate China's long-standing pledges of "securing a harmonious, peaceful rise to power and becoming a responsible stakeholder in the international system," said the editorial.

The editorial praised China for having an attractive culture that has long been admired by foreigners.

We Recommend:

Analysis:'Chindia' has great potential

Taiwan demands Filipino apology

Defense of sexual slavery angers Beijing

Maritime dispute to be addressed

China, India to make new engine of world economy

Chinese President to visit Latin America

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:DuMingming、Zhang Qian)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. PLA Air Force in confrontation training

  2. U.S., Cambodian Air Forces in exercise

  3. Russian President Putin, wife divorce

  4. Bodyguard trainees experience 'Hell Week'

  5. 2,000 cheongsam fans put on a show

  6. A drug addict's journey to new life

  7. Sky-high zongzi displayed in Shanxi

  8. Kung Fu kicks ass in Hollywood

  9. Johnson&Johnson to serve middle class

  10. Nation maintains edge in attracting investment

Most Popular


  1. GE CEO optimistic about China's capability
  2. China to become most promising market
  3. High-end manufacturing holds the key
  4. Bloody conflict in Iraq should come to an end
  5. Law desiderated to protect interns' right
  6. China owes a huge debt to the environment
  7. China's middle class emerges, to spend more
  8. Xi-Obama meeting of milestone significance
  9. Violation of women's rights root of sexual assaults
  10. China not to tolerate rogue act on S. China Sea

What’s happening in China

Bodyguard trainees experience 'Hell Week' in Beijing

  1. 5 killed in central China rainstorms
  2. Law seeks to regulate potable water dispensers
  3. Four nabbed for paying for blood donations
  4. Govt pushes for support of childless parents
  5. Policewoman wrongly detained as prostitute