... the two coun­tries should work even harder on those is­sues through di­a­logues in­stead of con­fronta­tion.

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The United States has also flirted with China’s core na­tional in­ter­ests. The US Congress passed the provoca­tive Tai­wan Travel Act signed by Trump on March 16 this year. The US also threat­ened Latin Amer­i­can and African coun­tries which sever “diplo­matic ties” with Tai­wan to es­tab­lish for­mal re­la­tions with Bei­jing.

The dra­matic turn­about in Sino-US re­la­tions on mul­ti­ple fronts has trig­gered deep con­cern over whether the world’s ex­ist­ing power and the ris­ing power are head­ing into a new Cold War or Thucy­dides Trap, as Har­vard Univer­sity scholar Gra­ham Al­li­son has warned.

It is no se­cret that China and the US have ma­jor dif­fer­ences. And many of those dif­fer­ences will prob­a­bly re­main for a long time to come. No one, how­ever, should deny that the two coun­tries had far more dif­fer­ences and dis­agree­ments back in 1972 when US Pres­i­dent Richard Nixon made the his­toric trip to China and in

1979 when the two coun­tries es­tab­lished diplo­matic ties. Yet the lead­ers of the two coun­tries showed their wis­dom by pur­su­ing a path of ex­pand­ing co­op­er­a­tion and manag­ing and nar­row­ing dif­fer­ences.

There is no doubt that the more than four decades of ac­tive en­gage­ment and co­op­er­a­tion have brought huge ben­e­fits for the two na­tions and their peo­ples, and made the world a safer place, if we re­call the ex­treme hos­tile re­la­tions back in the 1960s and es­pe­cially the early 1950s when the two coun­tries fought in the bloody Korean War.

As philoso­pher Ge­orge San­tayana said, those who can­not learn from his­tory are doomed to re­peat it. The his­tory of Chi­naUS re­la­tions serves as a warn­ing for those who ad­vo­cate a de­cou­pling of the two economies, trig­ger an arms race and other con­fronta­tional ap­proaches.

Tack­ling the thorny is­sues be­tween China and the US won’t be easy. That is ex­actly why the two coun­tries should work even harder on those is­sues through di­a­logues in­stead of con­fronta­tion. There is no bet­ter al­ter­na­tive.

China and the US shoul­der a great re­spon­si­bil­ity in tack­ling crit­i­cal global is­sues, such as epi­demic dis­ease, cli­mate change, peace­keep­ing and global gov­er­nance.

Let’s hope that the up­com­ing meet­ing be­tween Xi and Trump will help re­verse the course of the past months.

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