Show Stopper Identified in US-China Relations

Show Stopper Identified in US-China Relations

Show Stopper Identified in US-China Relations

Show Stopper Identified in US-China RelationsAn MBA professor, author and expert in leveraging new technology to drive revenue growth has spoken up on social media about the relationship between China and the USA.

Richard Turrin (added to a picture of Biden and Xi in 2013) commented upon a report in the South China Morning Post (SCMP) headlined: “Beijing says ‘new window of hope’ is opening as it offers Biden administration an olive branch”

“China extends an olive branch,” said Turrin, “Pray that the US takes it.” Turrin then noted that Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi issued some real show stoppers on US-China relations.

Key Point:

Turrin identified the olive branch: “China-US relations have come to a new crossroads, and a new window of hope is opening,” Foreign Minister Wang Yi said. “We hope that the next US administration will return to a sensible approach, resume dialogue with China, restore normalcy to the bilateral relations and restart cooperation.”

The show stopper, for Turrin: “We know that some in the United States are uneasy about China’s rapid development. However, the best way to keep one’s lead is through constant self-improvement, not by blocking others’ development. We don’t need a world where China becomes another United States. This is neither rational nor feasible. Rather, the United States should try to make itself a better country, and China will surely become its better self.”

“That one was hit hard,” said Turrin.

The SCMP is a Hong Kong-based English-language newspaper owned by Alibaba Group. Founded in 1903 by Tse Tsan-tai and Alfred Cunningham, it has remained Hong Kong’s newspaper of record since British colonial rule. Writing for SCMP, Shi Jiangtao reported that Foreign Minister Wang had urged the Biden administration to adopt a sensible approach and restart engagement with China to get bilateral ties back on track despite “unprecedented difficulties”.

Shi wrote, “Relations between the two countries have deteriorated sharply amid growing economic and technological decoupling; clashes over Taiwan, the South China Sea, Hong Kong and Xinjiang; and rows over issues such as the origins of the coronavirus and US sanctions on Huawei.”

“Observers said the conciliatory remarks may offer some hopes for many countries torn between economic dependence on Beijing and their ties with Washington, but warned China remained downbeat about relations in the future.

“Pang Zhongying, an international affairs specialist at the Ocean University of China, said: “Few people in Beijing are actually optimistic about the US-China relations under the Biden presidency, with most expecting bilateral tensions to last, if not get much worse.”

“He said the message was also intended for many other countries, which may also need to reconsider their stance on the US-China rivalry once Biden takes office. “His remarks are largely reminiscent of the good old days … during the pre-Trump era that are gone for good,” Pang said.
For Beijing’s perspective, one of Trump’s biggest mistakes was his disdain for dialogue and diplomatic exchanges, which led to the demise of America’s decades-long policy of engagement with China.

Wang suggested the two sides should still be able to resolve their differences through dialogue “as long as the United States can draw lessons from the past and work with China”.

“Is a reset is possible?” Turrin asked on social media. “I hope so. If not, how many of the US allies will blindly follow the US’s constant aggression?”



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