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Secretary General Zhou Attends Think Tank Report Release and Panel Discussion on Sino-US Relations

Time:2017-05-23 10:43:24    Views:479004    Origin:Boao Forum for Asia



On May 22, 2017, Secretary General Zhou Wenzhong was invited to participate in the release of a think tank report titled “Beyond Differences: Exploring a New Pathway to a Win-Win Partnership” in Beijing as well as a panel discussion on Sino-US relations.

When sharing his views on Sino-US relations, Zhou pointed out that positive results have been produced in the bilateral relations since Chinese President Xi Jinping met with US President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago. He also explained that the key to the development of their relations is whether the two countries can make good use of the four newly created high-level dialogue mechanisms to address sensitive issues, constructively manage differences and implement the consensus that has been reached by the two heads of state.

Zhou emphasized that China's “Two Centenary Goals” have reaffirmed China's commitment to peaceful development, which means China will not challenge the traditional presence and interests of the US in the Asia-Pacific region. The US should seriously accept and respect China's peaceful development, joining hands with China to build a new type of major power relations based on “mutual respect, win-win cooperation, no conflict and no confrontation.”

Other panelists included Kishore Mahbubani, Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore; Cheng Li, Director of John L. Thornton China Center of the Brookings Institution; Yao Yunzhu, Member of the Academic Committee of the National Think Tank Project; and Chen Xiaogong, former Deputy Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Leading Group of the CPC Central Committee. They exchanged their views on major issues in Sino-US relations and answered questions from the audience.

The event was co-organized by the National Institute of International Strategy, CASS and the Institute of International and Strategic Studies, Peking University. It brought together more than 70 experts, scholars and media representatives from China and US.

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