China is fully aware that a peaceful and stable Middle East is in the interest of the people in the region as well as the interest of the international community. This understanding is the starting point on which China bases its treatment of the Middle East issues.
The rise in the economic and military power of China, and the fear it invokes in American leaders, mirrors Thucydides’ explanation of the Peloponnesian War creating a modern-day Athens and Sparta.
Now that Washington has sent Beijing a clear message it will be around for the long haul, however, the time has come for the two countries to deepen and institutionalize relationship to secure Asia’s lasting peace and prosperity.
China-watchers look on to see how current territorial disputes in the East China Sea will be addressed as Japanese Prime Minister Abe heads to the United States. Backtracking by the Obama administration may appease Abe in the short term, but will enrage China further complicating Sino-US relations.
Although Japanese PM Abe has been in office for less than two months, he has vowed to strengthen the US-Japan alliance to respond to the “threats” of China and North Korea. However,he has never explained exactly how he intends to strengthen the US-Japan alliance or what it means today.
As US-China relations continue to develop, many international relations scholars attempt label the countries as rising and falling powers, or friends and foes. However, Chen Yonglong and Xue Junying dismiss this notion, preferring the term partners, which highlight the countries’ cooperation and mutual trust.
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