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President Xi Jinping warns of disaster if Sino-US relations sour

President calls for new thinking as China and US begin two-day talks on issues of mutual concern

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 July, 2014, 11:01am
UPDATED : Thursday, 10 July, 2014, 10:04am
 

President Xi Jinping has warned of disastrous consequences if China and the United States fail to contain their conflicts.

He also said the process of forming a new type of relationship between the two nations was unprecedented, and some setbacks may occur.

If we are in confrontation, it would surely spell disaster for both countries
PRESIDENT XI JINPING

Xi called on both sides to correctly judge the strategic intentions of the other when he set the tone for Sino-US ties at yesterday's opening of the annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue, which was overshadowed by a series of disagreements.

"If we are in confrontation, it would surely spell disaster for both countries and for the world," Xi said as he called on the two sides to break the old pattern of rivalry between an emerging and a developed power.

"How China and the US perceive each other's strategic intentions will have a direct bearing on the policies they adopt and the development of bilateral relations," he said. "One can ill afford a mistake on fundamental issues, a mistake that may possibly ruin the whole undertaking."

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew are holding talks with State Councillor Yang Jiechi and Vice-Premier Wang Yang during the two-day dialogue. Topics to be covered include North Korea's nuclear programme, reforms to the yuan's exchange rate mechanism and China's territorial disputes.

Xi said the interests of the two nations were intertwined and steps should be taken towards establishing a "new type of relationship between major countries".

Xi cast a conciliatory tone, saying the Asia-Pacific region was big enough for the two nations' presence and that it was normal for their bilateral ties to sometimes suffer setbacks.

"It is natural that China and the US may have different views, and even frictions, on certain issues," he said.

US President Barack Obama seemed to echo those views when he issued a statement saying the two nations "will not always see eye-to-eye on every issue".

Kerry also sought to address Chinese concerns, saying the US did not seek to contain China.

Shi Yinhong , a US affairs expert at Renmin University, said the remarks by the leaders of both nations indicated that "the path to building constructive strategic ties was more difficult than before" because neither side was willing to accommodate the other's views.

"The US is not convinced about China's strategic intention with China flexing its military muscle in disputed territory," Shi said. "For China, military strength is crucial to being a major power."

 

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A Kuro
Not to worry, if the US can't get China to play ball, they will just go to Tokyo where their war mongering dirty rabid dog comfort women are waiting to sooth over any ruffled feathers they US oligarchs suffered in their encounter with the stubborn Chinese in Beijing.
Anthony1223
US need more statesman like Henry Kissinger
Henry Kissinger an old statesman's wisdom
In foreign policy, Kissinger said, as China spurs domestic consumption and depends less on exports, it will be less dependent on foreign markets.
"I can imagine a transformation, I think that is certain," he said, adding that the US should not expect China to follow its path.
"What we must not demand or expect is that they will follow the mechanisms with which we are more familiar. It will be a Chinese version, but it will be, I believe, more transparent."
Because China-US relations have become more complicated in recent years, Kissinger urged both to exercise "patience and understanding" to avoid conflict.
"A conflict between China and the United States would be a disaster for both countries. And it would be impossible to describe what a victory would look like," he said.
Fortunately, he added, China policy has been the least partisan foreign policy of the eight US administrations since 1971, which have pursued essentially the same course.
"So I am confident that this will be continued, and, after all, relations with China now are good," he said. "What we need to do now is to find something on which we can genuinely cooperate, not just mitigating problems that arise, something that is done on both sides of the Pacific and that engages the best minds of both sides on some common project."
cwbeijing
Yeah! As you can see from photo, Mr. John Kerry is not looking at Xi, mouth line curved, full of contempt. That face expression pretty much sums up the amount of trust of USA.
A Kuro
Are you talking of the walking dead Dracula looking John Kerry. He always looks sideways, salivating at the amount of blood he can suck.
pslhk
Here we see how Hollywood, say, the series Pacific
overwhelms simpletons and fill them with servile gratitude
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god so loved the world that he sent his son to death for men’s salvation
FDR so loved China that he sacrificed American children as Japan’s cannon fodder
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One couldn’t be surer than Churchill about FDR’s charity
Britain’s lend-lease debt wasn’t paid off until 2006 December
The attack on Pearl Harbor enraptured the British Bulldog more than Yamamoto
Japan had been the Roosevelts’ agent to restructure the world order
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Teddy turned loin-clothed Japan from Bhut to Mantrik
Openly he promised Korea protection in the 1882 treaty
but secretly he promised Japan the reward of Korea for checking Russia
Franklin, his fifth cousin, was a buddy of Benito and Adolf
Ask Jesse Owens how he would compare FDR with Hitler
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Poor American soldiers everywhere didn’t die entirely in vain
as long as Hollywood help earn them fools’ gratitude
and make us forget the causes and effects of salvation
VicSexton
Roses are red
Violets are blue
I'd prefer to live in America
Wouldn't you?
pslhk
Ask a good catholic to choose between La Vegas and Vatican
an honest answer probably depends on the mood
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If confined to a paradise, one will soon find it a prison
No place is good for all moods at all times
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For the privilege to move around,
I’d consider it my moral duty to honestly appreciate
different places’ strengths and weaknesses
dstomac@sina.com
comment sense: containning the rivalry as much as possible, at a bearable cost....cut ****
dstomac@sina.com
common sense
How About
Well observed pslhk.
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Xi only needs to remind SOS to keep a leash on himself one on Hagel and the hawkes, and tell Lew to start repaying all interest yields in euro or RMB, or China'd scale back 250B in treasuries every year, the Zonkey will then be begging to come and kowtow to Zhongnanhai.
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