After the first round of China-U.S. comprehensive strategic economic dialogue, Duowei, an overseas Chinese news media close to Beijing, reported that, in light of the U.S. President Trump’s “stubborn” and “fickle” personality as well as the different interests and propositions among the different factions in Trump’s administration since Trump took office, China’s top leaders, including Xi Jinping and his team, no longer mention the concept of “bedrock ” in Sino-U.S. relations.
The report said that in 2013, Xi Jinping proposed to Obama’s finance minister Jacob Lew, that “economic relations” are the “bedrock” of Sino-U.S. relations. With the progress of the bilateral relations in economics and trade, climate change, Iran’s nuclear agreement, and other multilateral issues, this concept is no longer confined to the economic field. Xi Jinping upgraded the concept and regarded that the “pragmatic cooperation” between China and the U.S. is the “Bedrock” for the stability of the world.
In order to honor his election promises, however, Trump now overly allows trade and economic interests to dominate diplomacy. The result is that he allows the military and security policy interests to enter into the negotiations on (economic) trade.
Because Trump has been very hostile to China’s economic and trade area and has tied it to North Korea’s nuclear issue, Xi Jinping did not mention the “bedrock” concept of the bilateral cooperation and international cooperation in his two formal meetings with (Trump).
Source: Duowei, July 22, 2107