Xi-Obama summit stabilizes Sino-US Ties

As Chinese President Xi Jinping just concluded his first state visit to the U.S., a senior U.S. China expert says the summit between President Xi and his U.S. counterpart, Barack Obama, has exceeded expectations.

China Report has the details.

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the U.S. will help further stabilize the relations between the two countries.

That is according to Douglas Paal, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) DOUGLAS PAAL, Carnegie Endowment for Int’l Peace
“I think it achieved those expectations and maybe exceeded those expectations a little bit. The goal is to stabilize the U.S.-China relations as the U.S. enters what will be two years or more of really turbulent domestic politics and a transition to a new administration.”

Paal was referring to the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, during which the U.S. ties with China is expected to become one of the hot topics in the debates held by presidential candidates.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) DOUGLAS PAAL, Carnegie Endowment for Int’l Peace
“And in those times, China relations will be buffeted in our political circles here by all kinds of pressures, and statements and facts and non-facts uttered in the political campaigns. So we need the leaders to have some reasonable understanding of the limits of what they are going to do and the things they will not do. But I think that was largely achieved.”

President Xi held two rounds of meetings with Obama, in addition to a private dinner.

The two presidents reached a series of consensus and agreements on managing differences and deepening cooperation on dealing with major challenges, such as combating climate change, aiding global development and promoting bilateral people’s exchange.

Paal said the agreement by the two leaders to start a high-level dialogue and a hot line on cyber security is an “additional unexpected benefit.”

The first meeting of the cyber dialogue is to be held by the end of this year and will occur twice per year thereafter.

Going forward, Paal expected more interactions between the two presidents.

He also lauded the agreement by the two sides to increase cooperation on combating climate change.

Meanwhile, Paal urged the U.S. to figure out a way to absorb, but to resist or contain, the rise of China.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) DOUGLAS PAAL, Carnegie Endowment for Int’l Peace
“People talk about the Thucydides trap and the likelihood of the two countries coming into conflict, and of China pushing the U.S. out of Asia and of the U.S. resisting China’s rise in Asia, but those are all poor formulas for the challenge that faces leaders now.”

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