by Liu Chang
BEIJING, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- Though U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said the Asia-Pacific is big enough to hold both China and the United States, Washington still need to take concrete actions to improve its ties with China.
For quite a while, the U.S. government has repeatedly made welcoming remarks on China's rise, but at the same time it has shown little respect for China's sovereign rights in the area.
The United States has promised a "neutral" stand in the disputes between Beijing and Tokyo over China's Diaoyu Islands, yet it constantly proclaims that the isles are covered by a security treaty Washington signed with Tokyo in 1951.
Moreover, Washington has been trying to work with a number of Southeast Asian nations to force China into a multinational solution to territorial rows in the South China Sea, despite China's strong and perennial opposition.
Additionally, even though the previous U.S. government vowed to gradually wind down and finally end its arms sales to Taiwan in a communique with China signed in 1982, U.S. presidents seemed to show no intention of honoring that particular commitment and continued to ship weapons to an area that is inalienable part of China.
Such examples could well go on and on, and they have already effectively downgraded Washington's international credibility and undermined mutual trust between the world's top two economies.
Actually, these outwardly self-contradictory policies are indeed a vivid and veritable reflection of the complicated calculations by U.S. decision makers.
On the one hand, they hope to tap into China's huge markets for profits and chase Beijing's foreign exchange reserves of more than 3 trillion U.S. dollars for cheap borrowing to sustain its own economic development. On the other hand, they fear that a rising China might ultimately challenge its leadership in the Asia-Pacific region and across the world.
The U.S. politicians, who preposterously fancy they could do gold-digging in China and rein in China's rise simultaneously, should remember the old saying that no one can have his cake and eat it too.
Meanwhile, the U.S. government also has to understand that when it comes to matters concerning China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, Beijing will not compromise with any one, including Washington. The United States should stop its role as a sneaky trouble maker sitting behind some nations in the region and pulling strings.
For a China-U.S. relationship to substantially succeed, the United States has to first, among other options, cast away its groundless doubts toward China's commitment to peaceful rise.
China has always been explicit that it does not seek regional domination. It also welcomes the United States to play a constructive role in affairs of the Asia-Pacific region.
Right at the moment, the two countries both share the same pressing priority to ensure a robust economic performance and promote job creation amid one of the most sluggish recoveries in history.
No one can do this alone in a globalized world. Therefore, Beijing and Washington could work even closer in a broad range such as trade, technology, alternative energy, education, and agriculture.
Over the long haul, the United States should learn from the past painful lessons recorded in human history that strategic miscalculations about a rising power could well lead to confrontations and even bloody conflicts, like the war between ancient Athens and Sparta.
To avoid such a catastrophic scenario, Washington has to change its obsolete doubt-ridden thinking pattern and cooperate with Beijing to settle their differences in a frank and candid manner, so that peace, tranquility and prosperity could be guaranteed not only in the region but the world at large.
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