China's top paper says no place for a 'new cold war' with U.S.

SHANGHAI Sat Jul 12, 2014 3:00am EDT

A member of staff from Chinese government adjusts U.S. and Chinese national flags before a news conference for the 6th round of U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, July 10, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee

A member of staff from Chinese government adjusts U.S. and Chinese national flags before a news conference for the 6th round of U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, July 10, 2014.

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China and the United States must avoid a "new cold war" in their international relations, China's top newspaper said on Saturday, in the wake of high level talks in Beijing between senior leaders of the world's two largest economies.

China and the United States agreed on Thursday to boost military ties and counter-terrorism cooperation during annual talks in Beijing, but there was little immediate sign of progress on thorny cyber-security or maritime issues.

"Both China and the United States realize that today's world has already undergone profound changes, and there is no longer a market for a "new cold war", the People's Daily, the ruling communist party's official paper, said in a commentary.

It was published under the pen name "Zhong Sheng", meaning "Voice of China", often used to give views on foreign policy.

The commentary said that the gravest risk to relations between the two countries was "misunderstanding", and called for both sides to strengthen channels of communication as they looked to shake off a "hazy" period of bilateral relations.

The U.S. Department of Justice charged a Chinese businessman on Friday with hacking into the computer system of airplane maker Boeing Co and other companies to obtain data about military projects, the latest in a string of spying allegations between the two countries.

The commentary added that complex Sino-U.S. ties were unlikely to get easier to manage any time soon. Positive steps would include boosting bilateral investment, deepening cooperation on environmental issues, strengthening military ties and making travel easier between the two countries.

"If we deal with (the relationship) well, it could benefit both sides. But if we deal with this badly, that could be a slippery slope to terrible competition and even conflict," the commentary said.

(Reporting by Adam Jourdan; Editing by Michael Perry)

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Comments (24)
Bakhtin wrote:
There is an imminent Cold War because China is aggressive and trying to seize territory from others.

Jul 12, 2014 7:52am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Stickystones wrote:
Alternating threats with offers to cooperate is not a foreign policy, but a strategy. Putin and others have determined all they have to do is say one thing and do another; muddy the water and then accuse the other side of doing what they are doing. China will do the same. It’s not that the US doesn’t say one thing and do another – they do! But only the US has this overwhelming desire to appear righteous instead of dominant, which isn’t a strategy, its just an inflated ego.

Jul 12, 2014 10:25am EDT  --  Report as abuse
AdamSmith wrote:
The Boeing Co mentioned in this article is a large corporation, chartered in America, but whose American employees are increasingly being replace by low-cost foreigners, to increase profits.

Why should I, as an American citizen, give moral support for large American corporations like Boeing when they increasingly outsource their work to foreigners and import foreign engineers under the H1B Visa program, thus destroying the American middle class?

Who is the greater enemy of the American middle class, American corporations hiring H1B Visa workers, or Chinese aviation corporations?

Jul 12, 2014 12:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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