Foreign Policy

The success of the climate conference in Paris clearly shows that dialogue between Washington and Beijing can be serious and productive. There are new challenges in the year ahead, with elections in both Taiwan and the US, but the bilateral relationship is so important for international peace and security in the 21st century that we cannot afford to let it drift.

Representatives of the USA and China shake hands

From the Iran nuclear deal to the climate agreement in Paris, a new level of cooperation between Beijing and Washington signals that the pragmatic relationship dating from the Nixon administration is not threatened by changes in international conditions. A consensus is taking shape among celebrities, ordinary citizens, leaders and strategists in both countries that China and the US should not change their course of engagement and cooperation.

terror

Having incubated the Daesh in its global war on terror, the US must take the responsibility to destroy it. Washington cannot sit back and expect the international community to defeat the Daesh forces without US leadership.

In a new world order, in the interest of the US and the whole world, the Washington has to make continued efforts to work with others to deal with the complicated world challenges, otherwise the successes and progress already made – from Iran to Paris and into the future — could be forfeited.

China offered a $60 billion package to support African development; individual Africans, especially those who are invited to train in China and those who Chinese technicians will assist in Africa, are sure to have their prospects enhanced.

Western fears of Chinese domination in Africa appear overblown. African peoples have benefited economically, but unevenly; African dictators sometimes have benefited politically, though not crucially. While America’s role has shrunk, the U.S. remains the largest, most productive, and most attractive economic partner for African nations.

China and Southeast Asian countries

Legal fixation on West Philippine Sea islands limits Philippine action and fails to take into account evolving realities and dynamics, notably increasing U.S.-China competition that blurs and shifts alliances, compelling smaller powers to be more cautious and contributing to overall regional anxiety and instability.

Dor Doi is the floodgate through which China is able to proliferate its many, many products to Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Russia. (Photo: Jonathan Foster-Moore)

China has increased is trade, investment, and loans in Central Asia, and although China and the U.S. differ regarding democracy promotion, human rights, and Russian security activities in the region, they can work together on economic integration, countering terrorism, and combating drug trafficking.

While Chinese demands for raw materials and bulk stocks such as oil and gas has decreased at the country’s economy evolves, Beijing continues to be vested in Africa’s development and trade with the region. That commitment is not only a boost for world peace, stability and development but supports the smooth implementation of America’s African strategy.

As the U.S. moves to recalibrate its own relationships with a rising China on trade, the environment and security issues, its neighbors and allies are forging their own path on building economic, political, and cultural ties.

Beijing’s global outlook is strategically forward-looking, inclusive and peaceful. It not only serves as the theoretical foundation for the development of China’s foreign affairs, but also helps inject fresh Chinese wisdom in building a new type of international relations.

Shanghai

The first Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR C.H. Tung argues that the success of modern day China is not accidental. While globalization contributes to China’s success, the country’s ability to ensure a smooth leadership transition and sound policy-making, the diligence of its people, as well as the expansion of freedom liberating the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit of its citizens are key internal reasons for what Tung describes as “China’s miracle.”

China Africa

While new agreements mean the two countries areas of interest will more often overlap and even clash, there is also new impetus for cooperation, such as in preserving peace and security in Africa, developing the African market and building Washington and Beijing’s respective global leadership roles.

Competing visions, one with the UN as its spiritual center and the US counterview with itself at the heart of a unipolar world, are vying to shape the world’s future. The US remains the sole superpower in the world, but its attempt to remain the driving force in global governance is doomed to fail in a changing, multipolar world.

China and the U.S. are waging a bitter but so far nonviolent struggle in Burma. And the U.S. appears to be winning. For Burma, opening to the West was the answer; sanctions were eased, Western leaders rushed to visit, and business investment flowed in.

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