China’s mission is for peaceful development towards a harmonious world. This cannot be accomplished without healthy and stable relations between major countries, especially between China and the US.
Despite the US’ claims to impartiality in the territorial disputes in the South and East China Seas, it has made its preference very clear – entirely at the expense of China. US involvement in the region stands at the crossroads, with the current US course destined to only bring increased tension.
Shi Yinhong considers the role that China should play as a global strategic power and considers the implications of China’s future development for China-US relations.
Many have argued that the recent WTO case brought by the US against China over automobiles and auto-parts subsides was simply meant to pander to US voters in the key swing state of Ohio. While certainly a consideration, the WTO case hints at a more complex trade relationship that has seen both countries use the WTO as a responsible means of settling disputes.
The US views China as a key to developing a peaceful, prosperous, and secure Asia-Pacific in the 21st century, therefore, building a healthy, stable, reliable, and continuous military-to-military relationship with China is of great significance.
As the US Presidential election races towards a conclusion, both candidates have intensified their “China-bashing” in recent weeks. Doug Bandow warns that regardless of whoever wins, the incoming President will need to drastically scale back the inflammatory rhetoric upon assuming office or risk long-term damage to the China-US relationship.
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