February 11, Chinese President Xi Jinping talked with US President Biden on the phone.
As the first call between the two heads of state since Biden took office, it immediately attracted widespread international public attention.
Media generally focus on three key words about this special call at a special moment.
The first keyword is “Byeing New Year”. Reports from foreign media such as CNN, The Washington Post, the Guardian, and the Sydney Pioneer Morning Post in Australia have noticed that the heads of state of the two countries paid a New Year call to each other on the Spring Festival of the Year of the Ox in China.
Since Biden took office as President of the United States, when the heads of state of China and the United States have been the focus of international public opinion.
The importance of New Year’s Eve in Chinese culture is self-evident, which contains a special meaning of saying goodbye to the old and ushering in the new.
It is indeed time for Sino-US relations to say goodbye to the old and usher in the new. In the past few years, Sino-US relations have been buried too many “mines”, dug too many “pits”, cast too many “poisons”, and incited too much hatred and division.
The top priority is to rectify the situation and stop the fall and loss. At the festive moment when the Chinese people celebrate the Spring Festival, Biden paid a New Year call to the Chinese people, undoubtedly releasing a kind of goodwill. This kind of goodwill is indispensable for “restarting” Sino-US relations.
The second keyword is “possibility”. Foreign media reports such as the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), the Associated Press and the South China Morning Post all mentioned the “possibility” of the relationship between the two countries on the call.
In 2011, Biden, then Vice President, explained what he understood the United States during his visit to China.
“If we make up our minds, anything is possible.” Today’s Sino-US relations need to break through various “fate theories” with this “possibility”.
The political tragedy of the great powers that is bound to conflict between the great powers and the emerging powers is not an established script. Everything is man-made, and everything depends on the choice of China and the United States.
The third keyword is “cooperation”. The Financial Times and South China Morning Post have reported on the key content of the New Year’s Eve call between the head of China and the United States: cooperation is the only right choice for both sides.
CNN said that the leaders of the two largest economies in the world talked about a series of issues during the call and mentioned a series of potential areas of cooperation such as combating climate change. Jin Canrong, vice president of the School of International Relations of Renmin University of China, believes that there is room for China and the United States to reach consensus on the issue of climate change, and breakthroughs on this issue may lead to the follow-up of cooperation in other fields.
United Nations Secretary-General Guterres recently said: “I hope to see the United States and China restart bilateral relations.” Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong also called on Beijing and Washington to ease tensions recently.
This matter has a great stake. Although there are many difficulties, it is not too late for China and the United States to adjust the tone of interaction between the two countries and avoid a long conflict.
It is the expectation of the world that China and the United States are moving towards each other again.