And while do­ing so, they have to see be­yond the dif­fer­ences and keep the big­ger pic­ture of bi­lat­eral re­la­tions in mind ...

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Chi­nese lead­ers and se­nior of­fi­cials have been say­ing that Bei­jing will try its best to set­tle the South China Sea dis­putes through peace­ful means. So, if the US re­ally wants to see peace and sta­bil­ity in the re­gion, it should play the role of an im­par­tial bro­ker and should not hes­i­tate to sup­port China’s stance of set­tling the dis­putes through peace­ful means. But un­for­tu­nately, what­ever the US has done un­til now con­tra­dicts the claims it has made.

Third, by try­ing to fish in the trou­bled wa­ters of the South China Sea, US politi­cians are turn­ing a blind eye to the re­al­ity of China-US ties and the “new type of ma­jor power re­la­tion­ship” that Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama have agreed to. China and the US are in­ter­de­pen­dent in many ways and their bi­lat­eral re­la­tions are im­por­tant not just for them but also the rest of the world.

The hawks in US mil­i­tary and po­lit­i­cal cir­cles think they can chal­lenge China’s core in­ter­ests in the South China Sea by send­ing their mil­i­tary planes and ships, but they will only end up jeop­ar­diz­ing bi­lat­eral re­la­tions.

Xi has been re­it­er­at­ing that the Pa­cific Ocean is big enough to ac­com­mo­date China and the US both. He told US Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry that both coun­tries should value the achieve­ments of bi­lat­eral re­la­tions and ably man­age their dif­fer­ences.

But some US politi­cians’ lack of re­spect for China’s core in­ter­ests and the not-so-able man­age­ment of the dif­fer­ences could make the world’s most im­por­tant bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship shaky, which, in turn, could add un­cer­tainty to the over­all global sit­u­a­tion.

Ably man­ag­ing China-US dif­fer­ences is an im­por­tant and se­ri­ous job for politi­cians in both coun­tries, es­pe­cially those in the US. And while do­ing so, they have to see be­yond the dif­fer­ences and keep the big­ger pic­ture of bi­lat­eral re­la­tions in mind— that it is vi­tal not only for China and the US but also for main­tain­ing peace and devel­op­ment across the world. The au­thor is a se­nior writer with China Daily. zhuyuan@chi­nadaily.com.cn

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