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President Xi's visit to U.S.: A new chapter in Sino-American relations

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting opened Monday, Nov. 13, 2023, in San Francisco./CFP
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting opened Monday, Nov. 13, 2023, in San Francisco./CFP

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting opened Monday, Nov. 13, 2023, in San Francisco./CFP

Editor's note: Tahir Farooq is editor-in-chief of Pakistan Economic Net & Daily Ittehad Media Group. He is also the vice president & chairman of the foreign relations committee of Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE). The article reflects the author's opinions and not necessarily the views of CGTN.

In a diplomatic overture of historic proportions, President Xi Jinping's visit to the United States for the APEC meeting 2023 marks a defining moment in the Sino-American relationship. His visit, characterized by strategic dialogue and mutual respect, reveals China's diplomatic finesse and its willingness to engage with global leaders on equal footing.

Xi outlined five key pillars to strengthen bilateral ties, a pragmatic framework reflecting China's vision for a constructive and balanced relationship with the U.S.:

1. Economic and Trade Cooperation: Xi emphasized the need for fair and mutually beneficial trade policies, advocating for a reduction in tariffs and barriers. This approach signifies a commitment to resolve trade disputes and foster economic growth.

2. Technological Partnership: Acknowledging the role of technology as a cornerstone of modern development, Xi proposed a collaboration in technological advancements, focusing on areas like artificial intelligence and green technology, while respecting each other’s technological sovereignty.

3. Cultural and Educational Exchange: Recognizing the power of cultural diplomacy, Xi proposed enhanced cultural and educational exchanges to bridge misunderstandings and build mutual trust, emphasizing the importance of people-to-people ties in strengthening the bilateral relationship.

4. Defense and Security Dialogue: Xi called for candid and constructive dialogue on defense and security issues, advocating for mechanisms to prevent conflicts and misunderstandings, and to manage differences in a responsible manner.

5. Environmental Collaboration: In line with global climate goals, Xi stressed the importance of joint efforts in environmental protection and climate change, underscoring the need for collaboration in sustainable development and green technology.

These pillars are not mere diplomatic rhetoric but a pragmatic roadmap for a comprehensive partnership.

Particularly commendable is China's readiness to collaborate for global peace and stability, as highlighted by Xi. This gesture is a testament to China's growing maturity and responsibility as a global power. 

Xi's speech at the 30th APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting demonstrated China's commitment to global development and peace. His words were not only inspiring but also reflective of China's readiness to play a more significant role on the world stage.

It is evident that Xi's visit and his propositions are not just for the benefit of China or the U.S., but for the world at large. The visit could very well be a turning point, paving the way for a more balanced, fair, and multipolar world order.

In essence, Xi's vision for a shared future and his efforts to maintain global peace, as articulated during his visit to the U.S., represent a significant step towards a more collaborative and peaceful world order. It signals China's readiness to play a constructive role on the global stage, fostering partnerships that are not only beneficial to Sino-American relations but also advantageous for the broader international community. This vision, together with reminiscent and forward-thinking analyses, offers a glimpse into a future where cooperation and mutual respect define international relations, paving the way for a more stable, prosperous, and harmonious global community.

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