Sino-US relations are one of the most important bilateral relations in the world today. It is not only bilateral, but also related to peace, stability, development and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region and even the world.
For more than 40 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the United States, with the joint efforts of the two sides, the relations between the two countries have continued to develop. Unfortunately, Sino-US relations have been spiraling recently, and they are facing the most serious and complex situation since the establishment of diplomatic relations.
There are many reasons for the deterioration of Sino-US relations, but the main reason is that international forces fluctuate. The group rise of developing countries and emerging economies, especially China’s rapid development and achievements over decades, has significantly increased the world’s influence.
Its development and change depth and speed exceed the psychological expectations of American strategists, leading to serious strategic frustration and anxiety.
Some American politicians, due to the ideological prejudice of the Cold War or the needs of domestic electoral politics, positioned China as the number one strategic competitor or even the enemy, spared no effort to implement strategic squeeze and containment, one after another provoked trade wars and scientific and technological wars, publicly questioned China’s institutions politically, and deepened the military ministries against China.
The agency also formed a gang in an attempt to build a so-called anti-China alliance. This series of moves seriously impact the overall situation of Sino-US relations and global strategic stability.
Peaceful development and mutual benefit and win-win should become the greatest common de divisor of Sino-US relations. Some politicians in the United States assert that China’s goal is to compete with the United States for the power to dominate the world, so decades of American engagement with China have failed.
In fact, this is a “presumption of guilt” against China. First, in China’s view, after two hot wars in the 20th century and decades of cold wars, the right path of the world is to seek development in a peaceful environment.
China is on the road of peaceful development. It has never proposed to compete with the United States for world hegemony. What it hopes to safeguard is only its legitimate, reasonable and equal right to development.
Second, since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the United States, the development of bilateral economic and trade relations has shown an objective situation of complementary advantages and mutual benefit and win-win results.
China’s development benefits from open cooperation with other countries, including the United States, and China’s development also provides the United States with the driving force for continuous growth and huge market space. Mutually beneficial cooperation is two-way, not a favor given by one party to the other, and so is the future.
China’s policy towards the United States has always been highly stable and continuous, and China has always cherished the desire to maintain cooperative relations with the United States.
However, the Chinese people cannot accept that anyone deprives them of their right to pursue development and achieve a better life. In bilateral relations, I hope that the United States can objectively view and adapt to China’s development and change with ordinaryness and tolerance, and find opportunities for mutually beneficial cooperation.
Sino-US relations should not be a zero-sum game that you win or lose. The success of either side does not need to be at the expense of the other party’s failure.
What about Sino-US relations? What kind of Sino-US relations will be advanced to the middle and late 21st century is a major proposition. We must climb high and look far away and force interference to ensure that the huge ship that has been sailing for more than 40 years in the right direction.
The U.S. election has come to an end and the White House is about to change its head. At the beginning of its administration, the first thing the new U.S. government needs to deal with may be domestic problems.
Political polarization and social division in the United States may hinder the new government’s advancement of the international agenda. The strategic adjustment of the United States to China is the product of the change of the United States’ own development and its strength.
There is limited room for policy adjustment, and the expectation of its transition cannot be too high. However, it seems to promote the restoration or reconstruction of exchange platforms at different levels and sectors between the two countries, and through the joint efforts of the two sides to win a window of opportunity, Sino-US relations can return to normal or at least stop the cliff-like decline.
There are three types of problems in Sino-US relations that must be properly dealt with in a targeted way: one is an area of common interest, the other is that no one can change the objective existence of anyone, and the third is some potentially explosive problems.
There are three different but interrelated approaches to three types of problems:
The first is to control differences and avoid confrontation.” If you combine, you will be beneficial, and if you fight, you will hurt both. To oppose any “new cold war” attempt, peaceful China should not be regarded as a threat to the United States.
The two countries are very different and prone to differences, but the wise must go leniently when seeking common ground. Conflicts cannot be resolved, and hostility can be reduced. Through the crisis management mechanism, strictly prevent the gun from going off.
In bilateral relations, it is necessary to avoid strategic misjudgment and abandon the zero-sum game and cold war thinking.
Second, coexist peacefully and seek common ground while putting aside differences. On ideological issues, China and the United States should not seek to transform each other and impose their own wills and models on each other, but should jointly explore the peaceful coexistence of different systems and civilizations.
Respect each other’s chosen political system and development path, and respect each other’s core interests and major concerns. It is necessary to avoid the politicization of economic and trade issues. Sanctions or trade wars are not beneficial to either party.
We should also strive to restore and maintain exchanges at all levels and channels, and gradually lay a solid human and social foundation for the development of bilateral relations. “Decoupling” is not beneficial to either party.
Third, it is easy before difficult, pragmatic cooperation. Competition is inevitable, but cooperation must be carried out where cooperation can be carried out.
China and the United States should show their due major power responsibilities and negotiate to address global challenges such as climate change, epidemic prevention and control, public security, network security, anti-terrorism, etc.
They can also strengthen communication on North Korea’s nuclear, Iranian nuclear, Afghanistan and other regional issues. They can also discuss post-epidemic supply chain restructuring, financial stability, WTO reform or CPT. PP cooperation, etc. In addition, practical cooperation between the two militaries, law enforcement, energy and other fields can be gradually explored.
No conflict and no confrontation are the bottom line that both China and the United States should hold. Mutual respect is the basis of bilateral relations, and win-win cooperation is the common goal.
Both China and the United States must climb high and look far away, down-to-earth, easy before difficult, step by step, and strive for Sino-US relations to return to healthy development.
Coordination, cooperation and stability are in line with the fundamental interests of China and the United States, and also in line with the trend of the times of peace, development and progress. I hope the United States will walk opposite China.