by Jiang Guopeng
WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- The United States and China can increase
mutual trust over long-term intentions through effective cooperation on critical
global issues such as climate change, a noted China expert said.
Although the U.S.-China relationship has made much progress in the past 30
years, mutual mistrust over each other's long-term intentions remains deep, said
Professor Kenneth Lieberthal from the University of Michigan.
But now there is an opportunity for the two countries to increase mutual
trust through the cooperation on climate change, Lieberthal said in a recent
interview with Xinhua.
Climate change, together with the global economic crisis, are the two
issues on "the very top of the agenda" for Hillary Clinton, who was traveling to
China for her visit as U.S. secretary of state.
The secretary of state will "bring over with her a message" that the Obama
administration plans to be a "major force in the direction of addressing global
climate change, extremely different from the Bush administration," said
Lieberthal, who was a special assistant on national security affairs during the
If the United States and China, as the largest developed country and the
largest developing country in the world, can figure out ways to cooperate
effectively on climate change, he said.
Such cooperation would yield several important results, including making it
easier for both governments to be more effective in promoting climate change
measures domestically, he said.
Secondly, "the effective cooperation will focus on the broader issue of
clean energy," he said. "Finally, I think there will have a very good effect on
the global negotiations in helping to bridge the differences between the
industrialized world and the developing world as a whole."
"So I think there are a lot of very serious benefits to the U.S.-China
cooperation on climate change," said Lieberthal.
Through full and effective cooperation on clean energy and related climate
change issues, "we can build the kind of long-term trust," he said.