Ex­pert sees weak­ened CHINA DAILY USA China-US re­la­tion­ship

China Daily (Canada) - - TOP NEWS - By ZHAO HUANXIN in Wash­ing­ton huanx­inzhao@ chi­nadai­lyusa.com

“I see the ‘bal­last’ in the re­la­tion­ship be­ing the co­op­er­a­tion on global pub­lic good,” he said on Mon­day.

The two most im­por­tant ar­eas of pub­lic good for the US and China to co­op­er­ate on are cli­mate change and free trade, the former World Bank and US Trea­sury China rep­re­sen­ta­tive said.

How­ever, US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s “Amer­ica first” doc­trine puts lit­tle or no value on these, he said.

“We are in dan­ger of los­ing that bal­last now be­cause the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion has a neg­a­tive view of many global pub­lic goods,” Dol­lar said.

The US-China co­op­er­a­tion on cli­mate change, cul­mi­nat­ing in the Paris Agree­ment in 2015, has been one of the best ex­am­ples of the two coun­tries work­ing to­gether to pro­vide global pub­lic good, Dol­lar said.

Other ex­am­ples in­clude their co­op­er­a­tion on nu­clear non­pro­lif­er­a­tion in the case of Iran, on Ebola virus con­trol in Africa and on piracy off the coast of Africa, Dol­lar said.

The Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, pro­posed by Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping in 2013, has be­come the most pop­u­lar pub­lic good China is pro­vid­ing to the world, For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi said in March.

Dol­lar said the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive could pro­vide pub­lic good in the form of greater in­te­gra­tion and faster de­vel­op­ment of poor coun­tries.

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