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Xinhua: How Will Kerry’s Visit to China Be a Worthwhile Trip?

Xinhua published an article commenting on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s second visit to China in 10 months on February 14 to 15. The article is contributed by Jia Xiudong, Research Fellow at the China Institute of International Affairs. 

The article predicts that Kerry’s visit will focus on strategic issues, not adhere to a specific problem. It listed the expansion of economy and trade cooperation, improving military relations, international affairs such as North Korea nuclear issues, Syria problem and Iran nuclear issues being among the major topics in the discussion. The East China Sea and South China Sea issues are very hot recently, but will not be the focus. 
The article also pointed out that there are still some problems in the relations between the two countries. The key problem is that the United States is sometimes inconsistent between words and deeds, or contradictory. The article says that to maintain presence in the Asia Pacific region and strengthen the relationship with its alliances, U.S. should not do so at the expense of the interests of China. To implement the "Asia-Pacific rebalancing strategy," U.S. should not treat it as a "zero-sum" game and treat China as an imaginary enemy. When involving disputes of territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests, it will only complicate the issue and increase regional tensions if the United States deviates from the neutral position. 

The complexity of Sino-U.S. relations tells that building new Sino-U.S. relations among major powers will be a long and tortuous process, cannot expect to achieve overnight. As two big powers with different social systems and value, it has never been easy for China and the U.S. to get along, competition and cooperation are the norm. 

Source: Xinhua, February 14, 2014