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China-US relations need to brace for troubles in the House

If Kevin McCarthy is elected Speaker of the House, the Republican leader said he would form a select committee on China. "We will put a stop to this and no longer allow the administration to sit back and let China do what they are doing to America," he said in a Fox News interview on November 20.Election workers process ballots at the Clark County Election Department in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., Nov. 10, 2022. (Photo: CFP) It isnt a surprise that McCarthy would try something like this. Republicans underwhelming midterm election performance has handed the Republican House leaders an unenviable task. "A thin margin, ideological differences and competing pressures could make managing the peoples House virtually impossible," a New York Times analytical piece stated. McCarthy, as described in the same piece, would have to be "more reliant on the fire-breathing hard-right members who triumphed in safe, ruby-red districts on the promise of political warfare against Mr. Biden."To reconcile between the "fire-breathing" squad and the more moderate element in the party, McCarthy has to find a common enemy for the Republican to unite against. And he has chosen to roll two of the Republicans most talked about enemies into one – the China policy under a Democratic administration.Anyone familiar with how Washington works would know that the House of Representatives alone has relatively limited power to influence the actual conduct of U.S. foreign policy. Personnel confirmations are the Senates prerogative. The President and his Cabinet members usually are the hands-on officials for the nitty-gritty details of the relationships. House alone, controlled by a party different from that of the Senate and the White House, holds less sway.However, it could be a painfully irritating trouble-maker.As the current Speaker of House Nancy Pelosis ill-conceived trip to Chinas Taiwan region earlier in the year sh...

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China-ASEAN bond gets stronger

Aerial photo taken on May 26, 2021 shows the Yangpu international container port at Yangpu economic development zone in South China's Hainan province. [Photo/Xinhua] Editor's note: Despite the complex international environment and rising global uncertainties, trade between China and ASEAN continu

Is strategic mistrust at the core of China-US tensions?

Photo: VCGEditors note: Keith Lamb is a University of Oxford graduate with a Master of Science in Contemporary Chinese Studies. His primary research interests are Chinas international relations and "socialism with Chinese characteristics." The former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said that strategic mistrust stands at the core of China-U.S. tensions. So, we hope such problems can ease, but the U.S. accuses Chinas over its heightened naval presence in the South China Sea and having ambiguous intentions threatening the U.S. naval presence. While for China, U.S. strategic ambiguity towards Chinas Taiwan region is regarded as sovereign interference.Strategy works on many levels. On a micro level, one can question the strategic calculations of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosis visit to Taiwan region, which demonstrates the U.S. is pushing for geopolitical gain and that the U.S. doesnt respect Chinas sovereignty.For the U.S., Chinas increasing military prowess ignites fears that China could challenge U.S. hard power. China is viewed as a rival seeking global hegemony. This fosters a win-lose mentality where overwhelming U.S. military and economic power, at the expense of others, is justified since hegemonic loss would ignite existential fear. Apparently, one solution to overcome strategic mistrust would be for the two sides to have more ministerial contacts and install frameworks to alert each other when red lines have been encroached. Indeed, this was the conclusion of the China-U.S. G20 meeting.Managing great power competition is laudable as it works to avoid war. One should also understand China-U.S. strategic mistrust from a macro theoretical level, which is the primary strategic contradiction to China-U.S. tensions. Its well understood by China but less so by the U.S. side. Theory as understood by Marxists is also strategy. They choose a "player" namely the workers and seek to understand its posit...

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022: China, Qatar join hands for a better future

Fans walk passed the Lusail Stadium before FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in Lusail, Qatar, November 18, 2022. (Photo: CFP)Editors note: Zhou Jian is the Chinese ambassador to Qatar. Its fair to say that the Chinese elements have made important contributions to the Qatar World Cup, deepening the friendship between peoples of China and Qatar and providing a strong impetus for the enhancement of China-Qatar relations. From a broader perspective, these Chinese elements and contributions are also a microcosm of the momentous development of China-Qatar relations.If we compare the China-Qatar relations in the past decade to a team competing hard in the international arena, I think this teams standing must be among the best. The high-level exchanges between the two countries are like the coaches steering the team in the right direction, as they play the role of "compass" and "anchor" in our bilateral relations. Over the past decade, President Xi Jinping and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani have met four times and made top-level design for China-Qatar relations in the new era. The pragmatic cooperation between the two countries is like a striker who keeps scoring fantastic goals and creating great achievements. In the past 10 years, the bilateral trade between China and Qatar has more than doubled to over $18 billion. China has become Qatars largest trading partner, the largest source of imports and the largest export destination. There are many positive reports on the cooperation between the two countries in the fields of communications, oil and gas, and engineering contracting, as both sides make new breakthroughs in joint development.A general view inside Lusail Stadium in Doha, Qatar, March 28, 2022. (Photo: CFP)Of course, for a team to win, apart from having sharp offensives, a solid back line is also essential. The people-to-people and cultural exchanges between China and Qatar are like a rock-solid defender, providing the...

Pandas for World Cup boost China-Qatar ties

A child walks at Al Corniche waterfront in Doha, Qatar, Nov 18, 2022, ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. (Photo: Xinhua)Qatar has attracted worldwide attention because it will host the Football World Cup from Sunday. On the other hand, China was in the global spotlight early this year for successfully hosting the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games. And not unexpectedly, China used the panda as the Winter Games mascot, as it has done for almost every major sports event, including the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, it has hosted.There is a reason for that: Giant pandas are found in the wild only in China. In fact, the panda has become the symbol of Chinas friendly diplomacy, and promotes the countrys relations with the rest of the international community.From the Tang Dynasty (618-907) to the present, the panda has traveled from the forests to the rest of the world as a friendly envoy of China, contributing to the development of friendly relations between China and other countries.Qatars warm welcome for two pandas, named "Suhail" after one of the brightest visible stars in the Gulf region and "Thuraya" which is the Arabic name for one of the most famous and brightest star clusters, reflects the extent of the growing Sino-Qatari relationship.It seems the recent changes in the regional and international landscapes (the "Arab Spring" which began 2011, the 2017 Gulf crisis, the China-US tensions and the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict) have had a direct impact on the rapprochement between the two countries toward strengthening their strategic partnership and expanding their circle of cooperation.An ambitious country like Qatar, whose regional role has been growing in recent years, has found in China — a global power with global interests and global influence — a suitable partner that can help it expand its political and economic reach beyond its traditional sphere in the Gulf region and the Middle East. Thus, Qatar can demonst...

Tackling climate challenges: China Daily editorial

A logo of the COP 27 summit. (Photo: Agencies)Instead of uniting the world in solidarity for a livable planet, the two-week COP 27 United Nations climate conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, has shown that the mechanism of international cooperation on climate change is at risk of backsliding.At COP 26 held in Glasgow, Scotland, late last year, there was still overall optimism on integrating economic and environmental goals, despite the differences among countries. However, at COP 27, the mood has clearly changed, with what should have been a coordinated response to the common challenge being downgraded.Over the past year, the clock has been wound back by many countries, particularly the United States, as they have embraced fossil fuels more tightly, causing last years climate agreement to fall apart.No new pledges have been made at the latest conference. Worse, even the goal of limiting the temperature rise to 1.5 C from the pre-industrial age level by 2100, a key objective of the Paris Agreement, has been opposed by some countries.If the responses to climate change are always subject to economic, energy and geopolitical crises, any meaningful action to limit global warming will be purely theoretical.It is shameful that the US, the largest emitter among the developed economies and the second-largest in the world, has chosen to politicize the climate issue at the conference by passing the buck for the lack of progress to Russia, Europe and China.The Democratic Partys better-than-expected performance in the midterm elections prompted US President Joe Biden to turn the COP 27 into an opportunity to boast about his achievements in tackling climate change. However, his administrations actions do not match his boasts. The increase in fossil energy capacity in the US has been even greater under his administration than under his predecessor.At COP 26, developed countries agreed to increase spending and provide $40 billion a year to developing countries sta...

Dynamic China-ASEAN ties


Vision to build an Asia-Pacific community with a shared future

This photo taken on Nov 12, 2022 shows the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok, Thailand. (Photo: Xinhua)The goal of the Asia-Pacifics development should be to build a regional community with a shared future. This is the message President Xi Jinping gave in his speech at the 29th APEC Economic Leaders Meeting in Bangkok on Friday.His call reflects the common aspiration of the countries in the region, given the tremendous challenges they face amid the fast-changing global environment. Demonstrating his strong sense of geographical and cultural belonging, President Xi called the Asia-Pacific "our home", which enjoys some unique favorable conditions and values that enable it to make the right choice whenever it reaches a crossroad.Thanks to robust economic cooperation over the past decades, the region has created what can be called an "Asia-Pacific miracle", and become an economic powerhouse consolidating the global industry and supply chains, and driving global growth.Compared with some other regions where some countries still follow the law of the jungle because it suits their geopolitical, zero-sum games, the Asia-Pacific believes in mutually beneficial cooperation and common development, which can be partly attributed to the regional nations faith in peaceful coexistence.As an ancient saying goes, a good neighbor is much better than a brother far off. Mutual assistance has always been a regional trait — even before the term international relations was coined. That historical legacy, along with economic globalization, particularly after China launched reform and opening-up, has greatly contributed to the regions collective development. And the widening common interests of the regional countries, based on openness, inclusiveness, mutual respect, peace and stability, have reinforced their belief in their shared historical values.In just more than a week, Cambodia, Indonesia and Thailand have held the top-level me...

No one-size-fits-all epidemic response, but no lying flat either

A medical worker collects data from residents who are about to take nucleic acid tests for COVID-19 in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia autonomous region. Photo by WANG ZHENG/FOR CHINA DAILY Many places have adjusted local prevention and control measures after the top authorities recently adopted 20 guiding

NATO shouldn't be a bloc on road to peace


Belt and Road Initiative has proved its worth

This photo taken on Nov 12, 2022 shows an interior view of the media center for the 17th Group of 20 (G20) Summit in Bali, Indonesia. [Photo/Xinhua] While the G20 Summit was being held in Bali, Indonesia, on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Railway began its first trial opera

UK says it wants to work with China. Really?: China Daily editorial


Working the room to foster solidarity: China Daily editorial

This photo taken on Nov 12, 2022 shows an interior view of the media center for the 17th Group of 20 (G20) Summit in Bali, Indonesia. [Photo/Xinhua] As an important platform for global coordination on economic and development policies, the G20 Summit brings together the leaders of the most influe

Japan should show its sincerity by putting its words into action: China Daily editorial

[Photo/IC] Japan might be the country that has the deepest first-hand understanding that China's development represents opportunities for the region and the world. No matter how far the United States goes to sow the seeds of discord between the two countries that historical experience always has

Observer: Head-of-state diplomacy charts course ahead for China-US relations

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with his US counterpart Joe Biden in Bali, Indonesia, on Nov. 14, local time.The two heads of state had an in-depth exchange of views on issues of strategic importance in China-US relations and on major global and regional issues.Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with US President Joe Biden in Bali, Indonesia, Nov. 14, 2022. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)They highlighted the global significance of China-US relations. Both stressed the importance of working out the guiding principles for China-US relations. Both expressed the hope to put bilateral relations back on a steady and upward trajectory. They agreed to strengthen communication and exchanges, and advance practical cooperation. This has charted the course ahead for China-US relations.Head-of-state diplomacy is the compass and anchor of China-US relations, and it plays an irreplaceable strategic role in guiding the growth of the relationship.The meeting was very important. It featured three "firsts" for the two leaders - the first face-to-face meeting between Xi and his US counterpart over the past three years, their first face-to-face summit since President Biden took office, and their first interaction after China and the US completed their respective major domestic agendas this year. It was closely watched by the international community.Their exchanges were comprehensive, profound, and candid, as well as constructive and of strategic importance. The meeting covered the most important aspects of the bilateral relations and the most pressing regional and global issues at the moment.It has achieved the intended purpose of having in-depth communication, clarifying intentions, making clear where the red lines are, preventing conflicts, setting the direction, and exploring cooperation.As two major countries, China and the US should enhance their sense of responsibility when handling their relationship, which helps prevent China-US relations from getting derailed or out of control an...

Earth is being overwhelmed by people

Passengers fill up platforms in Colombo, Sri Lanka, during rush hour on Monday. THILINA KALUTHOTAGE/NURPHOTO/SHUTTERSTOCK The world population hit 8 billion on Tuesday, according to the United Nations World Population Prospects 2022. Although that might not be the precise figure, it should be rega

Recovery trend shows resilience of China's economic development


No place for molesters in education sector

The Beijing Haidian District People's Court has sentenced a man surnamed Wang to jail for molesting young girls. According to the verdict delivered on Tuesday, Wang used to molest girl students during one-to-one classes he held while employed as an extracurricular teacher at a school. Sometime in Ma

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