His­tory as a Mir­ror

The past shows sound China­u. S. re­la­tions ben­e­fit both coun­tries and be­yond

Beijing Review - - WORLD - By Yu Shu­jun

Jan­uary 1, 2019 marked the 40th an­niver­sary of the estab­lish­ment of diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween China and the United States. Look­ing back, former U.S. Pres­i­dent Jimmy Carter once told Li Qiang­min, Chi­nese Con­sul Gen­eral in Hous­ton, that the most cor­rect thing he had done dur­ing his pres­i­den­tial ten­ure from 1977 to 1981 was nor­mal­iz­ing U.s.-china re­la­tions. The de­ci­sion changed China, the United States, and the world, Carter said.

It has not only changed, but also ben­e­fited, the two coun­tries and the world, Li replied.

“It is an ap­pro­pri­ate time to an­a­lyze and re­flect upon the state of U.s.-china re­la­tions,” Carter wrote in a con­grat­u­la­tory let­ter to a fo­rum co-hosted by the RUC (Ren­min Uni­ver­sity of China) North Amer­ica Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion and the China Pro­gram of the Carter Cen­ter in At­lanta on De­cem­ber 15, 2018. The fo­rum com­mem­o­rated the is­suance of the Joint Com­mu­niqué on the Estab­lish­ment of Diplo­matic Re­la­tions Be­tween China and the United States.

Amid un­cer­tain­ties cloud­ing the ties, a re­view of the past could lead to re­think- ing and new so­lu­tions, ac­cord­ing to the par­tic­i­pants.

Robert Kapp, former Pres­i­dent of the U.s.-china Busi­ness Coun­cil, ac­knowl­edged that this is a dif­fi­cult and chal­leng­ing pe­riod for the two coun­tries. “We have to keep think­ing about how our re­la­tions with China cre­ate pos­i­tive op­por­tu­ni­ties, not just at the level of na­tional in­ter­ests in a very gen­eral sense,” he said at the fo­rum, stress­ing that a large num­ber of Chi­nese are liv­ing in the United States and in­di­vid­ual Amer­i­cans are mak­ing their way to China and build­ing a life there.

Panelists dis­cuss China-u.s. trade and in­vest­ment at an event co-hosted by the RUC North Amer­ica Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion and the China Pro­gram of the Carter Cen­ter in At­lanta on De­cem­ber 15, 2018

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