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Sharing a great responsibility

Chinese President Xi Jinping and US Vice-President Joe Biden have agreed that China and the United States should strengthen dialogue and cooperation to build a new model of major-country relations.

During Biden's two-day visit to China, the two leaders also exchanged in-depth views on a range of international and regional issues of common concern.

Sino-US relations are moving in a direction outlined by Xi and US President Barack Obama during their summit in California earlier this year. With agreements on several fronts, a round of Strategic and Economic Dialogue and a series of bilateral cultural exchanges, Sino-US relations have made remarkable progress. New Sino-US working groups on climate change and cyber-security have become operational, and the two sides have launched a new cooperation mechanism in military matters, which for long has been a sensitive issue in Sino-US ties.

Despite the existence of numerous disagreements and disputes, China and the US have declared that they would not engage in direct confrontation or conflict with each other. Such shared aspirations have laid a solid foundation for the two sides to enhance mutual trust and maintain stability in the Asia-Pacific region in the era of China's peaceful rise.

The meeting that the two countries' presidents held soon after they took office (Obama for the second term) created conditions for strengthening interpersonal trust. During their California summit in June, Xi and Obama discussed a series of bilateral, regional and global issues of common concern in an amiable manner.

The high-level bond that developed at the summit has helped build closer links between the two countries, and prompted them to pay greater attention to each other's domestic development.

Legitimate measure

At the talks during Biden's latest visit to China, the two sides also exchanged views on China's newly demarcated Air Defence Identification Zone over the East China Sea, holding timely high-level communication between the two countries. The ADIZ is an important step for China towards safeguarding its national security and sovereignty in the East China Sea, especially in the changed regional and international situations.

The establishment of an ADIZ by China is a legitimate measure to maintain its air and maritime security. In no way does it suggest that China intends to expand its territorial air space. The stipulation that foreign aircraft entering the ADIZ must notify China of their flight plans does not hamper their freedom of flight through the zone in accordance with international laws.

China has been pursuing its development in accordance with the extant framework of international laws. Besides, its fast-paced development is the result of long-term and mutually beneficial cooperation with the US. The ADIZ, too, is a US invention; China is only following international practices to safeguard its sovereignty. It is more than clear today that China and the US will benefit from cooperation and suffer from confrontation.

As responsible powers, China and the US need to deepen cooperation in their pursuit of regional and global stability. They share the responsibility of deepening cooperation and intensifying exchanges in an era of transforming global patterns in order to build a new type of major-power relationship.


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