Thursday, January 20, 2011

China US relationship and peace in the Pacific

People's Daily

China, U.S. share extensive common interest in Asia-Pacific region

"Chinese President Hu Jintao affirmed China's relations with Asia-Pacific countries including the United States, in an effort to promote the regional development, enhance mutual trust and mutual benefit and their cooperation will also attain sustainable growth and mutual benefit and win-win outcome. This is an incisive summary of China's ties with all neighboring counties.

"President Hu made this affirmation in a written interview with the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post ahead of this visit to the United States. He is now on a state visit to the United States and this is second official trip to the U.S., and his last official visited was made in April of 2006 when George W. Bush was in office.

""The United States has a profound interest in peace and stability in Asia," former US President Bill Clinton had said in his lengthy China-policy speech at the Voice of America the eve of former Chinese President Jiang Zemin's visit to the U.S. in October 1997. So it can be said that both nations have reached consensus on this point.

"In view of the tense crisis situation on the Korean Peninsular in late last year, how far did the People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) or the Republic of Korea (ROK) really go? And the Korea War (1950-53) told people that the issue on Korean Peninsula could only rely on the peaceful means of dialogue and negotiations instead of military means.

"Moreover, the United States' trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region over the 90's of the 20th century surpassed the US-EU trade and investment in Europe during the same period. Today, President Barack Obama has detailed efforts to double its exports over the next five years and to make Asia the main destination for US exports. So, the maintenance of the Asia-Pacific region's prosperity is essential for the sustained economic growth of both China and the U.S."

"Meanwhile, President Thu Jintao declared in the written interview that "We both stand to gain from a sound China-U.S. Relationship, and lose from confrontation. We should act in the fundamental interest of our two peoples and uphold the overall interests of world peace and development. We should rise up to challenges, remove disturbances, work for shared goals and promote continuous growth of our relations."

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