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Seeing through the United States’ Movement to the East

Qiushi published an article that discussed China’s strategic vision to cope with the U.S. "Movement to the East." The article stated the following: The "Movement to the East" is a major strategic change in U.S. foreign diplomacy. To a large extent, it targets China. [China] should study it carefully and cope with it appropriately. First, we need to understand the dichotomy in Sino-U.S. relations. On the one hand, there is an un-resolvable conflict between China and the U.S., namely China’s "Peaceful Development" and U.S. hegemony. This is the fundamental reason for the U.S. "containment" policy. On the other hand, China and the U.S. are highly inter-dependent. This inter-dependence is not just limited to the economic area, but also includes other areas such as the political and diplomatic areas. This is the reason for the U.S. "engagement" policy.

Based on the above understanding, we should further perfect our foreign strategy. That strategy should not only target the U.S., but should also focus on the whole world. [We should] look at the big picture from the long-term perspective; [we should] not be limited to the [U.S.] "Movement to the East," but should look at the whole world; not just the current situation, but also the long-term objective, focusing on strengthening ourselves (including our economic, military and political influence); … [we should] develop relations with neighboring countries, big countries and developing countries, and [we should] actively initiate multilateral diplomacy. At present, [we] should especially focus on consolidating our cooperation with neighboring countries and on strengthening cooperation with the gold brick countries, work on the G20 mechanism, the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization), 10+1, 10+3, and the China-Japan-South Korea free trade zone.

Source: Qiushi, February 21, 2012