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Fortifying China-US relations: Diplomacy, cooperation & enhanced connectivity

On January, 1st 1979, the People’s Republic of China and the United States of America formally recognized each other and established diplomatic relations. The United States acknowledged the Government of the People’s Republic of China as the sole legal government of China.
At a reception commemorating the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties between China and the United States, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi emphasized the foundational role of peace in the bilateral relationship. Held in Beijing, the event served as a platform to reflect on the historical trajectory of China-U.S. relations, highlighting their enlightening aspects.
Wang Yi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, acknowledged the intricate journey of China-U.S. relations, marked by twists and turns. Despite challenges, he underscored the paramount importance of avoiding conflict and confrontation, emphasizing it as the most significant peace dividend for humanity. In a world where major powers often grapple with tensions, the commitment to “no conflict or confrontation” between these influential nations emerges as a beacon of stability.
According to Wang, cooperation stands out as the most prudent choice for both China and the United States. He emphasized that the essence of their exchanges lies in win-win cooperation, highlighting the highly complementary economic structures of both countries and their deep integration into the global industrial and supply chain. Wang cautioned against artificial decoupling and blocking, asserting that such measures would result in more losses than gains.
Building on the consensus reached by the leaders of both nations in San Francisco, Wang proposed key principles for the implementation of this understanding. Mutual respect and a correct understanding of each other’s intentions are crucial, he noted, emphasizing that China harbors no ambitions of replacing or overriding any nation, let alone seeking hegemony. Instead, the commitment lies in constructing stable, healthy, and sustainable China-U.S. relations based on mutual respect.
Wang further advocated for the principles of peaceful coexistence, particularly in effectively managing differences. He voiced opposition to practices involving confrontation, sanctions, power hegemony, or a zero-sum game merely due to differences, underscoring the need for diplomatic finesse and dialogue to navigate through disagreements.
Highlighting the importance of existing mechanisms in various fields, Wang urged both nations to continue utilizing diplomatic, economic, financial, commercial, and agricultural channels to promote mutually beneficial cooperation. This call for continued collaboration reflects the intricate web of interdependence that has developed between China and the United States, emphasizing the significance of maintaining open lines of communication and collaboration.
David Meale, Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in China, echoed these sentiments in his address at the reception. On behalf of the U.S. side, he extended congratulations on the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties, expressing a commitment to implementing the consensus reached by the leaders of both nations. Meale emphasized the willingness of the U.S. to foster the steady development of U.S.-China relations.
Wang Yi’s remarks at the reception underscored the significance of peace, cooperation, and mutual respect in shaping the trajectory of China-U.S. relations. As the two nations mark 45 years of diplomatic ties, the call for continued collaboration and understanding resonates as a crucial imperative for maintaining stability and fostering mutually beneficial cooperation on the global stage.
While diplomatic relations took center stage, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) made a significant announcement on Saturday, revealing plans for a substantial increase in direct flights between China and the United States in 2024. Official data presently indicates 63 regular direct passenger flights between the two economic giants each week.
The CAAC outlined broader plans for 2024, intending to actively expand air traffic rights arrangements with Belt and Road countries. Additionally, the administration aims to deepen cooperation with regions including Central Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Recognizing the importance of facilitating international travel, the CAAC committed to improving visa and border control policies and further streamlining customs clearance processes.
These developments signal a dual approach to strengthen China-U.S. relations – one through diplomatic channels, emphasizing cooperation and mutual respect, and the other through enhanced people-to-people connections facilitated by increased direct flights and improved travel procedures. As both nations work towards a common goal, the synergy between diplomatic efforts and practical initiatives in the aviation sector holds the promise of fostering a more interconnected and cooperative future between China and the United States.