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Xi-Obama meeting to chart future course of China-US ties

2013-05-22 08:35 Xinhua     Web Editor: Mo Hong'e comment

As Chinese President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart Barack Obama is ready to meet for the first time after the leadership transition in both nations, analysts say the June 7-8 summit in the US state of California will chart the course of future development of China-U.S. relations.

They also believe that the meeting will show that China is determined to follow a policy of all-dimensional diplomacy, peaceful development and all-win cooperation.


At the moment, both China and the United States are working to boost their economies, promote employment, improve people's livelihood and advance economic restructuring. The expansion of bilateral cooperation in all sectors will benefit the two peoples.

Thus, a healthy development of the China-US relationship is needed by both sides.

Chas Freeman, former US assistant secretary of defense, told Xinhua in a recent interview that China and the United States are economically interdependent and politically engaged, yet there is potential for further development.

In fact, since the two nations completed their respective leadership transitions, the bilateral ties have seen a good start as Xi and Obama talked over phone, and a number of senior U.S. officials visited China one after another, including Secretary of Finance Jacob Lew, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Martin Dempsey, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff.

Ruan Zongze, deputy head of the China Institute of International Studies, said the upcoming Xi-Obama meeting could help shape the development of the China-U.S. relationship.

"The China-US relations are now facing many opportunities as well as problems. Yet we cannot be burdened by these problems. Instead, we should look at the relationship from a long-term perspective," he said.

Ruan also said that the meeting could be a chance for the two leaders to shape the future bilateral ties in ways that are different from previous patterns.

Around the world, the Asia-Pacific region is where China and the United States share the most overlapping interests. Therefore, it is their common task to figure out how to maintain peace and promote cooperation in the region.

Right now, the Asia-Pacific region sees the fastest economic growth worldwide, and has been a major force to boost global economic recovery.

However, the region also faces a series of uncertainties, like the rocky situation in the Korean Peninsula, regional territorial disputes, and the U.S. policy of pivoting to Asia.

During his visit to the United States as China's vice president in February last year, Xi said the vast Pacific region has enough space for the development of both China and the United States, which should engage each other in a positive way in the region.

And it is expected that during their upcoming meeting, Xi and Obama would communicate and coordinate with each other over political, economic and security matters in the Asia-Pacific region.

Across the globe, the humankind is facing a number of common challenges, such as the sluggish global economic recovery, trade protectionism, flawed monetary policies, constant unrests in West Asia and North Africa -- the Syrian conflict in particular, the Iranian nuclear issue, and climate change.

Jin Canrong, associate dean of the School of International Studies at Renmin University in Beijing, said that over the past 20 plus years, the accelerating industrialization on the global scale has, on the one hand, symbolized a huge socioeconomic advancement, while on the other hand has generated many global problems. There is a louder call for global governance.

No nation can handle these problems alone, he said, adding they must join their hands in actions.

"Therefore, the enhanced cooperation between China and the United States is not only necessary for the two nations themselves, but also for the world at large. And the two countries should share their responsibilities in this regard," he said.

Nicholas R. Lardy, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, said the United States and China, the world's top two largest economies, should deepen their cooperation and enhance coordination especially at a time when the debt crisis in the euro-zone has overshadowed the future prospects of global economy.

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