Commentary: Better China-U.S. ties depend on stronger trust, closer cooperation

Source: Xinhua| 2017-12-20 11:00:08|Editor: Yang Yi
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by Xinhua writer Shi Xiaomeng

BEIJING, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- The strongest foundation for any bilateral ties, including those between China and the United States, is trust and cooperation.

On Monday U.S. President Donald Trump called China a "rival power" that is "aggressively undermining America's interests around the globe" in his administration's first national security strategy.

The label, which is as blunt as it is misleading, suggests that the Trump administration is still viewing the relationship with China with an old-fashioned zero-sum mentality.

This does precious little to help bring the world's top two economies, also each other's largest trading partners, closer.

In fact, the China-U.S. relationship, especially in the economic and trade sectors, has benefited both sides.

In 2016, U.S. trade in goods and services with China totaled an estimated 648.2 billion U.S. dollars; two-way foreign direct investment surpassed 60 billion dollars. U.S. exports of goods and services to China supported an estimated 911,000 jobs in 2015.

These facts and figures have proved that the two sides have far more reasons and ample opportunities to work together than to turn against each other.

There are multiple more cases that can illustrate the success of China-U.S. cooperation. For example, to combat climate change, the two countries formerly joined forces to make the historic Paris climate deal a reality.

In maintaining global security, the two countries worked together along with other parties to clinch the Iranian nuclear deal, and safeguarded regional as well as international stability through diplomacy and peaceful resolution.

Therefore, despite differences, cooperation and dialogue should be the mainstay of bilateral relations.

Since Trump became president, the two countries have maintained regular high-level communications.

Over the past year, the two sides have launched four high-level dialogue mechanisms on diplomacy and security, the economy, social and people-to-people exchanges, and law enforcement and cyber security and have been making progress in those areas.

During Trump's visit to China last month, the two countries signed 250 billion dollars' worth of business deals, showing good will and also confidence in future bilateral economic cooperation.

So far, the development of China-U.S. relations has been sound and stable and is gaining momentum. The two countries should focus on cooperation and overcome differences in accordance with the consensus that has been reached so as to ensure bilateral ties develop in the right direction.

As the world's largest developing country and largest developed country respectively, China and the United States both shoulder the responsibilities of maintaining world peace and stability as well as promoting economic prosperity and global development.

To fulfill those responsibilities, the two countries need to build trust and view each other as partners instead of competitors. This is in the interest of both countries and will benefit the world as a whole.