China, US need to ex­plore com­mon in­ter­est

Global Times US Edition - - EDITORIAL -

The up­com­ing meet­ing be­tween Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump at the G-20 sum­mit is at­tract­ing global at­ten­tion.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump sees a “good pos­si­bil­ity” that the US and China can reach a deal at the din­ner Satur­day, said White House eco­nomic ad­viser Larry Kud­low on Tues­day, but “cer­tain con­di­tions have to be met.” Ac­cord­ing to Kud­low, if Washington and Bei­jing fail to reach a deal, the US will move to raise tar­iffs on Chi­nese goods.

In fact, mul­ti­ple mes­sages have been re­leased by the US side in­clud­ing Trump him­self re­cently. Op­ti­mistic prospects and neg­a­tive views, such as the ne­ces­sity of pres­sur­ing China, can both be seen.

Faced with these mes­sages, it is con­ducive for us to un­der­stand Washington’s de­mands on Bei­jing at this stage. First, nar­row­ing the trade deficit with China is the de­sire of the US. Sec­ond, the US hopes China-US trade can sup­port the US ad­van­tage in tech­nol­ogy. Third, the Washington elite ex­pect rules to be made to con­strain the rise of China and en­sure that the US is the world’s top power in the long run.

In re­sponse what China should do is to fur­ther deepen re­forms and ex­pand open­ing-up. It is the only way for China to re­solve var­i­ous prob­lems and achieve sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, and pres­sure from the US is a strong cat­a­lyst.

It is nec­es­sary for China and the US to seek the great­est com­mon in­ter­est of the two coun­tries by com­mu­ni­cat­ing and co­op­er­at­ing. The fric­tion be­tween the two sides may lead to ex­pan­sion of China’s re­form and open­ing-up frame­work to a cer­tain ex­tent, but it is never pos­si­ble for the US to sub­vert this frame­work.

The process of seek­ing the great­est com­mon in­ter­est must be tough for both coun­tries. Con­flicts, strug­gle and mu­tual threats are in­evitable, but ul­ti­mate suc­cess is of a high prob­a­bil­ity. For both sides, the ben­e­fits of com­mu­ni­cat­ing and co­op­er­at­ing are over­whelm­ing in com­par­i­son to con­fronta­tion.

It is rea­son­able for the US to ask China to ad­dress the China-US trade im­bal­ance. Main­tain­ing its tech­no­log­i­cal edge is rea­son­able to some ex­tent. But it is ex­tremely dan­ger­ous for the US to hold the idea that its na­tional des­tiny de­pends first and fore­most on con­strain­ing the growth of China.

China has rights of de­vel­op­ment and growth. More­over, as the sec­ond largest econ­omy, China’s con­tin­u­ous growth can ex­ert great in­flu­ence on the global power struc­ture. Hav­ing this un­der­stand­ing, China will keep de­vel­op­ing in a sys­tem ac­cept­able to all par­ties and achieve equal­ity of op­por­tu­nity to which all par­ties can best agree. There­fore, China’s de­vel­op­ment it­self can’t cause any zero-sum ef­fect. Such a de­vel­op­ment has to lead to a win-win sit­u­a­tion un­prece­dented in hu­man his­tory.

We ex­pect that the meet­ing of the heads of the world’s two largest economies will point to right di­rec­tions that lead to find­ing their great­est com­mon in­ter­est. In that case, no mat­ter how many twists and turns, the China-US re­la­tion­ship will never lose its over­all pos­i­tive di­rec­tion.

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