Jia Xiudong, a distinguished Research Fellow from the China Institute of International Studies, wrote an article for China’s state-run media, People’s Daily. It was a commentary article that sent a message to the U.S. while U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was visiting China.
In the commentary, Jia said, “Clinton’s visit seems to be somewhat ‘sudden,’ but considering the importance of Sino-U.S. relations and the urgent need to deal with a series of international and regional issues, it is reasonable for President Obama to send a senior official to visit China at this critical moment during the election year.” “Clinton is not coming here to quarrel with China; nor is China hosting the (American guest) to confront the United States. … Now that (Clinton) comes here to communicate with us, the United States should be very clear on some China-related issues, so as not to waste the opportunity.”
The article listed the following three (China-related) issues: First, China is is not challenging the current international order. Second, don’t challenge China on issues related to its core interests. (The author listed six core interests, including territory, sovereignty, security, unification, stability, and development.) Third, the U.S. is doing itself more harm than good by sowing discord among China’s neighboring countries.
Source: People’s Daily, September 5, 2012