China-US high-level di­a­logue builds rap­port

Global Times US Edition - - EDITORIAL -

China and the US held their sec­ond diplo­matic and se­cu­rity di­a­logue in Wash­ing­ton DC on Fri­day. Yang Jiechi, a mem­ber of the Po­lit­i­cal Bureau of the Com­mu­nist Party of China (CPC) Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and di­rec­tor of the Of­fice of the For­eign Af­fairs Com­mis­sion of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, co-chaired the di­a­logue with US Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo and Sec­re­tary of De­fense James Mat­tis. Chi­nese State Coun­cilor and De­fense Min­is­ter Wei Fenghe par­tic­i­pated in the di­a­logue. Both sides made pos­i­tive state­ments at the press con­fer­ence af­ter the meet­ing and they agreed the di­a­logue was frank, con­struc­tive and re­sult-ori­ented.

Dur­ing the press con­fer­ence, Yang ex­pressed that he hopes to re­solve trade dis­putes through ne­go­ti­a­tion. He also said that China has com­mit- ted it­self to work­ing with the US for non-con­fronta­tion and will stay on the course of re­form and open­ing-up. Yang stressed that China does not in­tend to chal­lenge or re­place any coun­try. He also ad­dressed con­cern re­gard­ing the Xinjiang Uyghur Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion and South China Sea. Pom­peo said the US isn’t pur­su­ing a Cold War or con­tain­ment pol­icy with China, but wants to en­sure that China acts re­spon­si­bly and fairly in sup­port of se­cu­rity and pros­per­ity. He also said China-US co­op­er­a­tion re­mains es­sen­tial for many is­sues, even if they in­volve im­por­tant dif­fer­ences in the re­la­tion­ship.

Both coun­tries fully ex­plained their po­si­tions and strate­gic in­ten­tions dur­ing the di­a­logue. Al­though China and the US lack mu­tual trust, they were able to speak frankly.

It would be un­re­al­is­tic to ad­dress all China-US con­cerns through one meet­ing. But di­a­logue helps. Rarely un­der the cur­rent cir­cum­stances have both sides ex­pressed such con­struc­tive at­ti­tudes. This is valu­able, as it re­lieves ten­sions be­tween the two sides. Only in this way can Bei­jing and Wash­ing­ton pro­mote their re­la­tion­ship and stop it from de­te­ri­o­rat­ing.

Both Bei­jing and Wash­ing­ton em­pha­sized the im­por­tance of co­op­er­a­tion. This per­haps is an ex­pres­sion of real will­ing­ness from both sides, not sim­ply diplo­matic rhetoric. The ben­e­fits of China-US col­lab­o­ra­tion are ob­vi­ous. But any con­fronta­tion will only re­sult in high con­sump­tion of re­sources and with low out­put.

A tele­phone con­ver­sa­tion be­tween Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and his US coun­ter­part Donald Trump was held on November 1. Now a diplo­matic and se­cu­rity di­a­logue has taken place. Xi and Trump will meet at the G20 sum­mit later this month. Mo­men­tum is gain­ing for eas­ing ten­sions be­tween China and the US. Dur­ing the process, Bei­jing and Wash­ing­ton should push for prac­ti­cal results and make ac­tual progress in fields like econ­omy, trade and mil­i­tary re­la­tions.

The lat­est di­a­logue raised hopes for solv­ing is­sues be­tween the two na­tions through ne­go­ti­a­tions. The fol­low­ing dif­fi­cul­ties are prob­a­bly where both sides can draw an ac­cept­able line of fair­ness be­tween them. Con­flicts are oc­cur­ring be­tween China’s core in­ter­ests and US vested in­ter­ests, be it geopol­i­tics in Asia or economics and trade. The two coun­tries prob­a­bly need to fig­ure out this line of equal­ity and fair­ness to en­sure China’s core in­ter­ests while taking care of vested in­ter­ests of the US.

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