Creation of a New Chapter
in Sino-US Relations
By Dingli Shen
Translated By Stefanie Zhou
8 November 2012
Edited by Tom Proctor
China - Hexun.com - Original Article (Chinese)
The result of the U.S. presidential election has been announced: President Obama won re-election. China’s leader has called to congratulate him.
Sino-U.S. relations have been stable for more than 30 years, during which earth-shaking changes have occurred. Bilateral exchanges between the two have pierced every level of every field, penetrating into both cities and rural areas. Since the beginning of the new century, China and the United States have continued to develop communications in many new areas: Security cooperation has been extended to many non-traditional areas, and the overwhelming momentum of economic and trade exchanges are unstoppable. Both sides recognize the mutual benefits and are willing to build their relations into a new type of relations between great powers.
During President Obama's current term, China and the United States have already taken a series of new measures to expand cultural exchanges between the people and promote two-way trade and investment, continually deepening and broadening the dimension of the cooperation. Needless to say, many contradictions exist between China and the United States. Faced with China's rapid development, anxiety in some countries, including the United States, is also increasing. This is not only understandable, but also something that representatives from both sides should focus on and try to solve.
These anxieties also made their way into the U.S. presidential election this time. People noted that during the election period, the presidential candidates from both parties frequently used China as their topic, which reveals their lack of confidence. They insist on accusing the “manipulation” of exchange rates by a third country despite the fact that the reorganization of essential factors of national productivity is caused by globalization. In fact, even more alarming than the outsourcing of the U.S. manufacturing is the collective oversight of American elite. Globalization driven by the United States diffused the technological monopoly of the United States; the deep desire of the United States for human resources in other countries formed the loss of United States capital.
Since globalization is a combination of the quality production resources of many countries, the United States cannot only complain about the loss of manufacturing and employment while ignoring the wealth and fortune gained through it. Also, the United States cannot only criticize other countries for their late start on environmental standards without recollections of the source of its own clean homeland. The presidential candidates, Obama and Romney, had some overstatements in their respective speeches in this election. Some of their accusations against China may not even be convincing to themselves or are impossible to be treated as national policy. For example, Obama said in his presidential campaign four years ago that China is manipulating its currency, but he still instructed the ministry of finance to not implement what he said after he won the election.
When the U.S. presidential election result is finalized and the two parties of the United States vow to cooperate for the development of one republic, China and the United States also need to put aside their differences and plot new relations for the fundamental interests of their people. In order to achieve this, China and the United States need to respect each other’s core concerns, mutually observe each other's major worries, use international law as a common yardstick, actively maintain international stability and shape a fair and rational international order.
Both China and the United States are at an important moment of replacement of leadership. At this time, both nations are calling for a new generation of visionary politicians who have a profound grasp of the common law of development of their own nation and the world from the point of view of humanity and lasting global prosperity and stability. [These politicians must also] properly balance various internal and external factors and actively seek good prospects. We believe that after one term of his administration, the Obama administration’s foreign policy is gradually forming. Striving for cooperation to resolve international differences is still the first choice at the federal level. At the same time, China has always advocated and pursued peaceful coexistence in the face of conflicts between countries. Therefore, in handling bilateral and multilateral international affairs, China and the United States have considerable accordance in their interests.
Today is the day of the opening of the Eighteenth National Congress of the Communist Party of China. In this transitional and historic moment, the Chinese people are confident about their future. We are also confident about the peace and progress of future the world and are looking forward to the construction and development of various countries, including the United States. We hope that the next term of U.S. government will cooperate with friends around the world and China, as well as play an exemplary role for the world’s prosperity, security, unity and cooperation.
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