South Korean President Moon Jae-in's first state visit to China, starting Wednesday, comes at a time when the two countries' ties, once frozen over Seoul's deployment of a controversial anti-missile system, have been thawing, thanks to intensive high-level interactions between the two sides in recent weeks.

The 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Australia, on Dec. 21, could have been a perfect moment for both countries to reflect on the great achievements of bilateral relations. However, due to the current anti-China chorus in Australia, it should instead be a time for Australia to think through what kind of relations it really wants with China.

The relentless pursuit of technological advancement since the World War II has given the global community inventions like mobile phones, modern cars and television.

"China's growth and influence in the Asia-Pacific region can be a very positive development. The United States can benefit as well as the countries in the region from China's growth," a former U.S. senior diplomat has said.