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International Herald Leader: Managing Sino-US Relations

According to an article in the International Herald Leader, there is not much room for the Sino-U.S. relationship to expand. The priority should be to manage, rather than develop, the bilateral relationship. The article states that there is no way whatsoever for China to satisfy the U.S. requests on the issues of RMB appreciation, global energy dominated by the U.S., or China’s military modernization. There is no misunderstanding between the two – what exists is truly that their interests are at stake. “What is important now is how to manage the fundamentals and major differences in the bilateral relationship, rather than to explore ways to further develop mutual understanding and common interests, so that these differences will not affect cooperation in other areas.”

Source: Xinhua, January 14, 2011