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Digest Magazine

V10: Staying the Course

May , 2016

 

Staying a Steady Course

China’s relations with the U.S. have never been easy. Trade, cyber security, human rights, you name it. A case in point: the ever-evolving developments surrounding the South China Sea disputes where the U.S. is frequently sending its war ships there, fueling the tensions in that region.

Nobody would like to see the prospects of two militaries confront each other, jeopardizing the most important bilateral relationship today. Stakes are too high, not just for China and the U.S., but also for the region and the world. In the cover story of this issue of Digest, C.H. Tung, chairman of the China-United States Exchange Foundation, lays out a convincing case in support of China’s position on the South China Sea issue and calls for the two countries to “Stay the course: maintaining momentum in U.S.- China relations.”

We cannot agree more with Mr. Tung’s conclusion that protecting the U.S-China relations is the first priority when tensions seem to be heating up. A mechanism needs to be in place for the leaders of the two countries to manage and control rifts to prevent disagreements escalate into serious distraction.

Again, what’s in your hands are collected topical and insightful commentaries by our contributors on a range of issues: South China Sea, Global Governance, Security and China’s Economy, that often grab our readers’ interest the most.

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  • U.S.-China relations are too important for the people of the two nations and for the world. At this point, protecting U.S.-China relations must be the first priority. It is time for the two countries to rethink and re-evaluate, with urgency, the issues involved.

    C.H.Tung

  • The Rebalance may have prompted OBOR, if not accelerated it, but China’s resurgence and the anxieties and uncertainties generated by the same will naturally elicit a reaction from established powers.

    Lucio Blanco Pitlo III

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