In recent months, the United States and China have gone through a rough patch in bilateral relations. Issues such as currency revaluation, U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, and cyber-security have caused tensions to flare on both sides. Despite this negative trend, such setbacks represent a very short period in a much longer timeframe of U.S.-China cooperation.
Chee Hwa Tung, the founding chairman of the China-United States Exchange Foundation and the vice chairman of the Eleventh National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, spoke about some of the opportunities and challenges facing U.S.-China relations. His remarks focused particularly on the importance of building mutual understanding and trust. The discussion was introduced by Carnegie’s Jessica Matthews and moderated by Carnegie’s Douglas Paal.
Since the United States and the People’s Republic of China established diplomatic relations in 1979, there have been enormous changes in both the bilateral relationship and in the international system, Tung explained.
Although President Obama’s visit to China in November 2009 established a very positive, comprehensive, and forward-looking foundation for U.S.-China relations, Tung suggested that long-term trends have continued to plague cooperation between the two nations.
Tung stressed that the single most important thing the United States and China can do to improve the global situation is to ensure that the economy continues to recover. He also outlined other ways that the two countries can foster positive bilateral and international relations.
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