Pru­dence and Op­ti­mism Fos­ter the Sino-U.S. Re­la­tion­ship

China Today (English) - - CONTENTS - By ZHANG WENZONG

Only when the two coun­tries truly re­cover from the fi­nan­cial cri­sis will it be pos­si­ble for de­ci­sion­mak­ers to view com­mon points and dif­fer­ences in a more de­tached way and with greater con­fi­dence.

EN­TER­ING 2016, Pres­i­dent Obama em­barked on his last year in of­fice, and the pres­i­den­tial election cam­paign hit its home strait. Ac­cord­ing to me­dia polls, the is­sues of great­est con­cern to Amer­i­cans in­clude the do­mes­tic eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion, the two par­ties’ pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nees, the pos­si­bil­ity of the coun­try be­com­ing the vic­tim of an­other ter­ror­ist at­tack, and the com­plete de­feat of ISIS.

In China, the com­plex eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion, slug­gish stock mar­ket, and the Ren­minbi’s fluc­tu­at­ing ex­change rates riv­eted peo­ple’s at­ten­tion on the do­mes­tic econ­omy, the anti-cor­rup­tion cam­paign, the sit­u­a­tion in the Mid­dle East, and the prospects for the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive.

How­ever, North Korea’s fourth nu­clear test and its en­su­ing satel­lite launch set off a rip­ple ef­fect in North­east Asian pol­i­tics. They also add new el­e­ments to the China-U.S. re­la­tion­ship. The two mas­sive coun­tries and their his­tor­i­cal in­ter­ac­tion on ques­tions sur­round­ing the Asia-Pa­cific and other global is­sues will ex­ert sig­nif­i­cant in­flu­ence on the economies and the wel­fare of the two peo­ples, as well as the Mid­dle Eastern sit­u­a­tion and Asi­aPa­cific se­cu­rity. The bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship in this new era will de­mand a height­ened sense of pri­or­i­ties, and painstak­ing ef­forts from both sides.

A Tree Craves Calm While the Wind Wails

In April, 45 years ago, “ping-pong diplomacy” ended 20-plus years of es­trange­ment and an­tag­o­nism be­tween China and the U.S., thus mark­ing the thaw­ing of bi­lat­eral

Chi­nese For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi and U.S. Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry at a joint press con­fer­ence held in Wash­ing­ton D.C. dur­ing Wang’s of­fi­cial visit to the U.S. that be­gan on Fe­bru­ary 23, 2016.

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