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China, US must strive to avoid conflict

2017-07-13 09:25:58       source:Global Times

July 12, 2017

Recently, there are signs that the US is showing a tough attitude toward China. The US plans to sell Taiwan $1.42 billion in arms, and impose sanctions against two Chinese citizens and a shipping company over allegations of illegal transactions with North Korea. Washington also accused the Bank of Dandong of laundering money for Pyongyang. On July 1, US missile destroyer USS Stethem trespassed in China's territorial waters off the Xisha Islands, challenging the territorial sovereignty of China.

When Chinese President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart Donald Trump had their first meeting in April, the two major powers agreed to a "100-day plan" that aims to improve economic ties. As the plan wraps up, bilateral relations will have new fluctuations.

The Trump administration undoubtedly holds the initiative in China-US relations, which is mainly rooted in the power gap between the two sides. The gap has greatly narrowed since the 1990s, but Beijing still can't catch up with Washington considering the influence and strength of the US, especially in economics, politics and the military.

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