J-20, J10-B jets daz­zle spec­ta­tors at China Air­show

Global Times US Edition - - FRONT PAGE - By Yang Sheng in Zhuhai

A pair of Chi­nese fighter jets – the J-20 stealth fighter and a thrust-vec­tor­ing J-10B demon­stra­tor air­craft – put on an im­pres­sive demon­stra­tion at Air­show China 2018 on Tues­day, con­firm­ing that the coun­try’s mil­i­tary avi­a­tion tech­nol­ogy is ad­vanc­ing at a greatly ac­cel­er­ated pace.

Three Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army (PLA) Air Force J-20 jets wowed 20,000 spec­ta­tors by per­form­ing nu­mer­ous daz­zling ma­neu­vers dur­ing their 15-minute per­for­mance in Zhuhai, South China’s Guang­dong Prov­ince.

PLA of­fi­cers, for­eign mil­i­tary of­fi­cers and ex­perts, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Chi­nese mil­i­tary in­dus­trial com­pa­nies, jour­nal­ists, avi­a­tion

tions on the ba­sis of equal­ity, good faith and mu­tual re­spect, in­stead of pur­su­ing uni­lat­er­al­ism and pro­tec­tion­ism.

Liu Wei­dong, a re­search fel­low at the Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sci­ences (CASS), told the Global Times that the two sides should make ef­forts to end the trade war while not dam­ag­ing ei­ther side’s in­ter­ests.

“US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s trade war against China is not only aimed at re­duc­ing the trade deficit. With the trade war at the cen­ter, he is ex­ert­ing over­all pres­sure on China,” Liu said.

As to the “Amer­ica First” pol­icy that Trump is pro­mot­ing in the name of pop­ulism and uni­lat­er­al­ism, Liu said it is against the trend to­ward glob­al­iza­tion and harm­ful to China-US ties, which will not con­trib­ute to the US’ long-term in­ter­ests.

Ni Feng, deputy di­rec­tor of the CASS’ In­sti­tute of Amer­i­can Stud­ies, warned that the US had al­ready kept in­fla­tion rates low since the 1990s, but the sit­u­a­tion will def­i­nitely break when the US econ­omy suf­fers from the trade war.

The US gov­ern­ment pro­posed ad­di­tional tar­iffs on ap­prox­i­mately $200 bil­lion worth of Chi­nese goods in July. The ad­di­tional tar­iffs, ini­tially 10 per­cent, came into ef­fect in Septem­ber and will be in­creased to 25 per­cent in Jan­uary 2019. China re­sponded by an­nounc­ing ad­di­tional tar­iffs on $60 bil­lion in US prod­ucts in Au­gust.

Ni said that Trump, who is be­lieved to use the trade war with China to win the midterm elec­tions, has led him­self to an un­cer­tain sta­tus.

Trump’s ap­proval rat­ing in a re­cent CNN poll stood at 39 per­cent, with 55 per­cent dis­ap­prov­ing, slightly worse than in early Oc­to­ber, when 41 per­cent ap­proved of his per­for­mance and 52 per­cent dis­ap­proved, CNN re­ported on Mon­day.

Break­ing the log­jam

China and the US agreed to hold the sec­ond round of the Diplo­matic and Se­cu­rity Di­a­logue on Fri­day in Wash­ing­ton DC to ex­change views on China-US re­la­tions and other vi­tal is­sues of mu­tual con­cern, Chi­nese For­eign Min­istry spokesper­son Hua Chun­y­ing told a rou­tine press brief­ing on Tues­day.

The an­nounce­ment fol­lows Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s phone call with Trump on Thurs­day, when the two agreed to meet one-on-one at the up­com­ing G20 sum­mit from Novem­ber 30 and De­cem­ber 1 in Buenos Aires. For­eign Min­istry spokesper­son Lu Kang de­scribed the con­ver­sa­tion as “quite pos­i­tive.”

White House eco­nomic ad­viser Larry Kud­low said at an event in Wash­ing­ton that Trump and Xi might be able to break the log­jam on is­sues.

Chi­nese an­a­lysts said that the phone call, which came half a year af­ter their pre­vi­ous call in May, shows the re­silience of the bi­lat­eral ties and proves that the com­mu­ni­ca­tion mech­a­nism be­tween the two sides re­mains ef­fec­tive and re­spected by both sides as an ideal chan­nel to re­solve dis­putes.

How­ever, Liu said it is hard for Trump to change his tough line on the trade war with China in a short term un­til the im­pact of the Chi­naUS trade war such as price in­creases, job and in­vest­ment losses ap­pear.

Wider open­ing

Wang said that China will ad­here to the open­ing-up pol­icy, cre­ate more op­por­tu­ni­ties for the world and pro­mote the Belt and Road ini­tia­tive to ben­e­fit peo­ple along the routes.

Wang re­it­er­ated Xi’s re­marks at the open­ing cer­e­mony of the first China In­ter­na­tional Im­port Expo in Shang­hai that China will not close its door to the world and will only be­come more and more open .

China’s pre­vi­ous open­ing-up was mainly aimed at pro­mot­ing do­mes­tic devel­op­ment. In the fu­ture it will serve as a plat­form for global trade that ben­e­fits other coun­tries, Ni stressed.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.