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China-US cooperation – a need of the times

from:中国政府网2015-09-22 14:30

[By Jiao Haiyang/China.org.cn]

The biggest changes occurring in Sino-U.S. relations have come since China's reform and opening up to the outside world. The United States has returned to Asia with the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) to develop high-standard trade and investment, while China is moving in all directions in Asia and Europe with its land and maritime Silkroad initiatives to expand international cooperation for greater productive capacity.

As President Xi Jinping's visit to the United States is approaching, politicians, business people and media have all had their say. Some American media frequently criticize China by raking over the history in recent few years. Some American politicians have either threatened to boycott President Xi's visit or urged their government to cancel it. Some "China experts" warn bilateral relations have reached a "critical point" and even in terminal decline.

Is that really possible? People familiar with the situation understand this is nothing but a decline in American self-confidence. What is more, the comparative U.S. advantage on China is also declining. A typical example is that the U.S. constantly warns that Chinese hackers attack and steal its commercial secrets. With President Xi in office, the U.S. fears China is "setting up a new store" challenging the U.S.-led international order.

Actually the post-war international order in Europe and Far East has continuously been challenged by the U.S. revising the Marshall Plan in 1948 and signing the Treaty of Peace with Japan in 1951. It made a separate peace with Japan to transfer the administrative rights of the Chinese-owned Diaoyu Islands to Japan.

The United Nations' decline in authority is also inseparable from the challenges from the United States. Nowadays, the TPP+TTIP=EBC (everyone but China) is another attempt to isolate us.

In contrast, China, together with other developing countries, are working to a just and more reasonable and inclusive international order. This new international order, which keeps pace with the times and ensures sustainable development, promotes the core interests of the United States, too. It's laughable the way China always gets drag into the U.S. political debate in a presidential year in disregard of this fact.

History has repeatedly proved that China-U.S. jointly building an appropriate international order is the choice of history, the choice of the times, and the choice of the future.

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