Chinese Officials To Meet In US To Strengthen Bilateral Relations, Set ‘Favorable Conditions’ For Chinese Pres’ Visit
China and United States are set to make dialogues next week to tackle issues that would allow both powers to surpass obstacles and ameliorate bilateral relations, State-run media said.
Officials from U.S. and China will convene in Washington, D.C. from Tuesday to Wednesday for their seventh U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue and sixth U.S.-China High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE), to resolve issues on security, economy and people-to-people exchanges.
According to Xinhuanet, the dialogues will ensure favorable conditions when Chinese President Xi Jinping will finally visit the United States come September. Although in 2013, both Mr. Xi and the United States President Barack Obama were able to create a model- structure in power relations, there were issues that remained unsolved.
One issue at point is U.S.’ alleged intervention in the disputed South China Sea in which China reiterated that U.S. has no claims or “not a party” in the conflict and for that, disputes over the South China Sea “should be handled by those directly involved.”
Weeks earlier, Chinese General Fan Changlong visited the Pentagon where he was entertained by U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter who echoed calls on China putting a halt on its artificial island-building in South China Sea. But Gen Changlong retorted that the U.S. must slow down on its naval and aerial activities in the South China Sea because the entire Islands including the adjacent waters are allegedly owned by China since time immemorial.
China Rapidly Rising
To maintain world peace while achieving economic prosperity, China and the U.S. must “demonstrate to the world their ability to rise above pessimism and cynicism,” claims Cheng Li, who was quoted by a state-run local media.
“The underlying fact is that China rapidly rises, the West is reassessing China. It comes as no surprise that in this process, people have different views of China,” Li said, adding, “As the two greatest beneficiaries of global economic development, and world’s largest economies, the U.S. and China should focus more on our common interest and promote mutual benefit and win-win outcomes.”
Recently, China announced it will be done with its artificial island undertaking in the South China Sea amidst calls from neighboring countries against their claim of ownership.