General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan attend a seeing-off ceremony held by Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), and his wife Ri Sol Ju, ahead of their departure at the airport in Pyongyang, capital of the DPRK, June 21, 2019. Xi concluded a two-day state visit to the DPRK on Friday. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s two-day state visit to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is a major diplomatic action that comes as the world is undergoing changes unseen in a century and the international situation is seeing complex and profound changes, a senior Chinese official said on Friday.

According to Song Tao, head of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the visit, which coincides with the 70th anniversary of the diplomatic ties between China and the DPRK, is also Xi’s first trip to the neighboring country since he became the Chinese president and general secretary of the Central Committee of the CPC, which bears key significance for the development of bilateral ties.

A NEW CHAPTER FOR TRADITIONAL FRIENDSHIP

The DPRK has attached a great importance to Xi’s visit and received the Chinese leader with grand and warm welcome, Song noted, saying that Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK, and his wife, Ri Sol Ju, welcomed Xi and his wife, Peng Liyuan, at the airport, and accompanied the couple for various activities during the visit.

The two leaders had on multiple occasions conducted friendly, frank and in-depth exchanges, and have reached key consensus on writing new chapters for the China-DPRK friendship, and safeguarding peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula, said Song.

During the visit, Xi has engaged a series of exchanges with officials and ordinary people in the country, while hundreds of thousands of residents in Pyongyang lined up the streets to welcome and later see off the Chinese president. Xi also watched a large group callisthenics and art performance, which was specially prepared for him.

Song said these have fully reflected a deep and profound friendship of the party, government and people of the DPRK towards the party, government and people of China, and demonstrated the vitality of the friendship between the two sides.

He also said Xi’s visit was a visit of friendship and peace, and has displayed China’s determination to stay committed to consolidating the traditional China-DPRK friendship, supporting the implementation of DPRK’s new strategic line and promoting a political solution to solving the nuclear issue in the peninsula.

The traditional friendship between the two countries has been forged and fostered by their elder generation of leaders, and the top leaders of the two sides have maintained a tradition to keep a close contact, said Song.

Xi’s trip, said Song, has realized not only the historical exchange of visits by the top leaders of the two parties and countries in such an important year as the one that marks the 70th anniversary of the diplomatic ties between China and the DPRK, but also the 5th gathering between them in 15 months, adding that it will be a much-told story in the two countries’ high-level exchanges.

During the visit, Xi and Kim have conducted in-depth exchanges on furthering the development of the China-DPRK relationship, and have reached extensive major consensus, which helps draw a blueprint for the future of bilateral ties, Song said.

The Chinese president pointed out that the China-DPRK relationship has entered a new historical era, adding that the CPC and the Chinese government will stay firmly committed to maintaining, consolidating and nurturing the bilateral ties, and China is willing to work with the DPRK in creating a bright future for the relationship.

Song said the visit is a huge political support and encouragement for the party, government and people of the DPRK and has shown the world the unbreakable China-DPRK friendship, adding that both sides have agreed that they will step up high-level exchanges and strategic communication so as to promote an even greater achievement in the traditional friendship and the relations between the two parties and countries.

STRENGTHENING GOVERNANCE EXPERIENCE EXCHANGE

During the visit, the two leaders exchanged in-depth views on the socialist construction of their respective countries, said Song, adding that Xi spoke highly of the positive achievements made by the DPRK in implementing its new strategic line.

Xi stressed that China firmly supports the DPRK in pursuing a development path in line with its national conditions, adding that China stands ready to deepen exchanges and mutual learning with the DPRK on party and state governance so as to push forward the socialist construction of the two countries.

Kim expressed deep gratitude to Xi, noting that the Chinese leader’s close attention to the DPRK’s socialist construction as well as its development in economy and livelihood has strengthened the confidence of the party and people of the DPRK in their cause, Song said.

Xi and Kim, Song said, jointly blueprinted in detail a future of the bilateral relationship and agreed to take commemorating the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties as an opportunity to expand practical cooperation and deepen friendly exchanges.

The two sides will conduct exchanges and cooperation in such fields as agriculture, tourism, education, health, sports, media, youth as well as at local levels, so as to improve the well-being of both peoples, Song said.

INJECTING NEW VITALITY INTO POLITICAL DIALOGUE

On the Korean Peninsula issue, the two leaders had in-depth and candid exchange of views on the current situation in the peninsula as well as how to maintain the dialogue process, Song said.

The situation of the Korean Peninsula concerns regional peace and stability, Xi pointed out, calling it a right choice to resolve the issue through dialogue.

Xi also called for a strategic and long-term perspective to accurately guide the evolution of the situation and effectively maintain peace and stability in the peninsula.

During his visit, Xi spoke highly of the DPRK’s efforts to promote the denuclearization of the peninsula and re-launch the process of political settlement to the issue, stressing that China is ready to strengthen communication and coordination with the DPRK and other related parties on the issue so as to safeguard peace, stability and prosperity in the region.

For his part, Kim thanked Xi for his positive remarks and said the DPRK will stay patient and control the situation to safeguard peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula and create a favorable external environment for the DPRK’s development.

Kim said the DPRK hopes that the relevant party will work with the DPRK to seek solutions that accomodate each other’s legitimate concerns and push for results from the dialogue process, according to Song.

Venue: Guangzhou Opera House

Time: June 1-3, Fri. 19:30, Sat-Sun. 14:30 19:30

Price: 80 180 280 480 680 880VIP

The show tells the story of Christopher John Francis Boone, who is 15 years old. He stands besides Mrs. Shears’ dead dog, which has been speared with a garden fork. It is seven minute after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in a book he is writing to solve the mystery of who killed Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain, and is exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the NightTimetransferred to London’s West End, following a sold-out run at the National Theatre’s Cottesloe theatre in September 2012. It is the recipient of a then record-breaking seven 2013 Olivier Awards, including Best New Play, Best Director, Best Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design – more Olivier Awards than any other play in the history of London’s West End at that time. Curious Incident, the longest-running play on Broadway in over a decade, premiered at the Barrymore Theatre in September 2014, winning five Tony Awards? including Best Play, six Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Play, five Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Broadway Play and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off Broadway Play. Curious Incident was named among the top 10 productions of 2014 by over 20 leading media outlets, including The New York Times, Associated Press, New York Post, Time Out New York, Playbill and Time Magazine.

Want to be a peoplerazzi?

Peoplerazzi refers to people who take pictures of celebrities in situations that are newsworthy or shocking, particularly to post those pictures online.
吃瓜群眾狗仔隊指的是把有價值的或者讓人吃驚的明星照片拍攝下來的人們,尤其是他們還要把這些照片發到網上。

A new word “Peoplerazzi” has been coined to describe citizen journalists who focus on celebrities, in catching well-known people doing ordinary things.

新詞“吃瓜群眾狗仔隊”用來描述關注明星新聞的公民記者,他們報道的通常是名人的普通小事。

They use the power of camera phones to nab extraordinary people doing otherwise ordinary things, often funny, sometimes embarrassing.

他們使用帶有拍攝功能的手機捕捉名人做普通事情的畫面,通常很有趣,有時也讓人尷尬。

The paparazzi might find themselves outnumbered by the peoplerazzi (who technically number in the billions)and who are snapping pics of celebs, news events and the like in greater number and perhaps quality than the “pros”.

專業狗仔隊也許會發現他們的數量已經遠遠不及吃瓜群眾狗仔隊(理論上有數十億人),大量的吃瓜群眾狗仔隊拍攝名人照片、新聞事件等等,也許新聞質量還更加上乘。

Source: Yaning from language.chinadaily.com.cn

Golden Age: The Treasures of the Russian Empire

Period: Until January 7, 2018

Opening Hours: 9:00 – 17:00, closed on Mondays

Venue: Hall 1, 3rd Floor, Guangdong Museum (廣東省博物館)

Add.: No. 2 Zhujiang Dong Lu, Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District, Guangzhou (廣州市天河區珠江新城珠江東路2號)

Metro: Zhujiang New Town station, Line 3 or Line 5;

Bus: No.40, No.44, No.183, No.293, No.886, No.886A

Admission: Free admission tickets can be got at Ticket Office from 8: 50 a.m. to 4 p.m. Valid ID is required for one person to get one ticket. Tickets are valid on the day of issue only.

The exhibition “Golden Age: The Treasures of the Russian Empire” presents 302 exhibits (piece/set) from the State Historical Museum of Russia. These exhibits are the best witnesses of the 200-year history of the Russian Empire. There are portraits, sculptures and costumes of the emperors or empresses, porcelain, glasswork, gold and silver ware of the royal family, luxurious jewelry, as well as certificates, silver spoons with inscription, and gold coins that show the trade contacts between China and Russia. This exhibition will sure provide you a visual feast of army and government, etiquette and artistic life in the Russian Empire.

The China-gifted frigate “P625” to the Sri Lankan Navy arrives in Colombo Port, Sri Lanka, July 8, 2019. The China-gifted frigate “P625” to the Sri Lankan Navy arrived at Sri Lanka’s Colombo Port on Monday morning. (Photo: Xinhua)

The China-gifted frigate “P625” arrived at Sri Lanka’s Colombo Port on Monday morning.

Speaking at the welcoming reception, Commander of Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva thanked China for the gifted frigate, saying that the Sri Lankan navy would take the donation as a suggestion of the good friendship between the two countries.

Megha Rajagopalan, former China bureau chief for American news platform BuzzFeed, recently applied to have her visa renewed, but was denied by the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau. Her story quickly spread among foreign journalists based in the capital and elsewhere, who wrote articles in a show of support for her case.

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China issued a statement saying Rajagopalan’s visa rejection was “extremely regrettable and unacceptable,” which set the stage for another round of conflict between Chinese and Western values.

According to Western media reports, one reason Rajagopalan was rejected could have been connected to her coverage on China’s Xinjiang. She has written distorted reports about a variety of things that have happened in that area, feeding the Western media narrative that favors stories critical of how China governs the autonomous region. Rajagopalan has since said the rejection was the result of a “process thing,” and that there was no mention of her Xinjiang coverage.

Foreign reporters working in China are required to have a specific visa which typically needs to be renewed a few times a year. The same rules apply for Chinese correspondents working outside of China. It is a country’s sovereign right to decide whether or not to renew a foreign correspondent’s visa.

In 2016, three Xinhua News Agency correspondents had to leave India after they found out their visas would not be renewed. In fact, most people have a clear understanding of why a correspondent’s visa renewal application is rejected, but when it happens in China, some exaggerate the situation and turn it into a much bigger deal.

Western media’s coverage of China is usually negative. And there are even a few outlets that choose to take a more radical stance than others. Yet this is not something that can be resolved in the near future. China’s attitude toward Western correspondents and cases regarding visa renewals will not have a significant impact on Western media attitudes toward China.

Western media has reinforced their prejudices against China. US aggression toward the country continues to rise alongside China’s global ascent. Other foreign countries have also become abnormally anxious. Western correspondents find it too easy to pick on the Eastern giant with a political system they cannot understand and confounds them, even more, when it becomes clear that China has achieved an economic miracle.

Western news sources tailor their China reports in efforts to soothe readers by using Chinese stereotypes. Some platforms will use the Internet to stir confusion within Chinese society.

Some Western media outlets believe they are entitled to do whatever they want, but such nonsense is unacceptable. Friction between both sides will remain inevitable, and it will continue regardless of the source.

Relevant agencies in China are not going to step aside and do nothing when it comes to Western media’s treatment of China. Meanwhile, Chinese society needs to improve its tolerance for delusional Western reporting and realize the limitations in place when it comes to having an influence on foreign media’s preconceived China narrative.

As the Chinese like to say, “We’ll do what we have to do regardless of what others say.” However, the fact is that the Chinese care about what others think about China. Ideally, the Chinese are supposed to tolerate whatever Western media says since their country has become stronger, but this has yet to happen.

The Chinese, either officials or regular citizens, still like it when Western media says positive things about their country. They do not like to hear the negative. They are accustomed to using Western evaluations as a mirror that reflects their progress, even though they are aware the mirror is distorted like the ones used at carnivals.

Traditional Western media is in decline, just like their correspondents in China. It is nowhere near as influential as it once was. Several media outlets criticized US President Donald Trump during the election, but he fought back after he won and started accusing media of manufacturing fake news. It is conceivable how Western media has lost its influence.

Western media thought they would have a big influence on China. And it appears that some Western journalists were able to make a profit from the negative coverage. Unfortunately, Chinese society took them too seriously.

Some Western journalists tried as hard as they could to attack their own governments, which proved to be ineffective as they thought the critical coverage of China would not have as much of an impact. And it is this right here that serves as the key point and the is the only logic the Chinese can rely on, although it turns blurry while impacted by specific factors in reality.

The Chinese have two paths from which they can choose. First, try to make outside opinions on China more objective. Second, focus on self-improvement which will provide Chinese with the strength to ignore foreign “intellectuals.” The second path could be the decisive action the Chinese need to make right now.

Foxconn Technology Group is rethinking its plan to make liquid crystal display panels at a $10 billion Wisconsin campus. The company said it intends to hire mostly engineers and researchers rather than the 13,000 jobs the project originally promised.

US President Donald Trump took part in the groundbreaking ceremony for Foxconn’s Wisconsin plant in June. The news triggered a debate over whether the project was a fraud. People also queried the government’s promise of to bring manufacturing back to the United States.

The White House has been promoting its alleged revival of the US manufacturing sector in recent years. The government praises all the new manufacturing projects and especially those that return to the US.

Trump criticizes companies such as Harley-Davidson for opting to manufacture its motorbikes overseas.

Foxconn’s Wisconsin plant was a flagship for the US manufacturing sector revival. It has quickly shrunk from a great blueprint to a much smaller research project. Economic rules won’t serve the needs of politics over a long period of time.

When Foxconn announced that it would invest heavily in Wisconsin, many people already knew that this would be an unprofitable investment.

The former government of Wisconsin planned to subsidize the project to the tune of $4 billion.

But after the government transition in the state, the new administration considered the investment not cost-effective, foreshadowing Foxconn’s change of tune.

Even if Foxconn does love the US, such a love can never precede its love of profit. Labor costs in the US are among the highest in the world and the upstream materials and accessories are far more difficult to come by in the US compared with economies like China’s.

China has accumulated years of experience as a world factory. Few countries can match China’s advanced infrastructure, spare parts support capacity, skilled industrial workers and stable political environment.

Even if some economies beat China in one field, their comprehensive abilities are still insufficient.

Any countries or enterprises that act against the laws of economics will not last long.

Global economic factors are realigned in accordance with economic law. As a highly developed economy, the US cannot resist the trend of losing some middle- and low-end manufacturing industry.

Due to rising labor costs and environmental concerns, China’s coastal areas cannot absorb the manufacturing sector either. Some factories will either shift to the inland regions or countries such as Vietnam which are at the lower end of the industrial chain.

Manufacturing plays a vital part in every economy. It flows with the changing trajectory of economic factors. A revival of manufacturing cannot be achieved via political means, but is subject to these economic factors and international trends.

The current US administration has tried its best to revive the US manufacturing sector, which has bore some fruit.

But still Foxconn’s degradation from a big apple to a crabapple is politically embarrassing.

This is a lesson. The US would be wiser to draw the lesson and respect the laws of economics.

Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, was arrested by Canada on December 1 at the behest of the US. Meng is also daughter of company founder Ren Zhengfei. Obviously Washington is resorting to a despicable rogue’s approach as it cannot stop Huawei’s 5G advance in the market.

The US is seeking Meng’s extradition to face unspecified charges in the Eastern District of New York. According to Canadian media, US charges may stem from Huawei’s violation of American sanctions against Iran.

Huawei denied the accusation in a statement. The Chinese Embassy in Canada on Wednesday voiced its firm opposition to the arrest of Meng, saying that it is a “gross violation of human rights.”

Despite incomplete information about the incident, the US move obviously goes against the consensus reached between the heads of state of China and the US in Argentina. The incident shows that China faces a complicated competition with the US. Beijing needs determination and wisdom to safeguard its own interests.

With the arrest, the US is sending signals to the international community that it is targeting Huawei. It is clear that Washington is maliciously finding fault with Huawei and trying to put the company in jeopardy with US laws. Washington is attempting to damage Huawei’s international reputation and taking aim at the tech giant’s global market in the name of law.

We call on the Chinese government and society to offer moral support to Huawei and Chinese diplomats to offer timely assistance to Meng. We also support Huawei in its legal battle with the US to prove its innocence and thwart some Americans’ plot to throw the company off track.

Huawei has been growing steadily by strictly following laws. It draws management experience from all transnational companies and maintains the highest standards in this regard. It is impossible that Huawei would want to deliberately violate US regulations. It will be difficult for the US to convict the Huawei executive.

Huawei should try to defeat the accusers under the US legal framework. If the US prosecutes Huawei with an unwarranted charge, the case will become complicated but Huawei will still have plenty of room for maneuver.

There is not much likelihood that Huawei will become the next ZTE. Huawei is technologically stronger than ZTE and the situation is different from the time ZTE faced repression in the US. It is believed Huawei has the ability and wisdom to tackle the risks and minimize damage brought about by the US move.

The Chinese government should seriously mull over the US tendency to abuse legal procedures to suppress China’s high-tech enterprises. It should increase interaction with the US and exert pressure when necessary.

China has been exercising restraint, but the US cannot act recklessly. US President Donald Trump should rein in the hostile activities of some Americans who may imperil Sino-US relations.

Newspaper headline: US abuses legal procedure to stifle Huawei

Li Zhanshu, chairman of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, presides over the plenary meeting of the 11th session of the 13th NPC Standing Committee in Beijing, capital of China, June 29, 2019. The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s top legislature, closed its five-day bimonthly session Saturday. (Photo: Xinhua)

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s top legislature, closed its five-day bimonthly session Saturday, adopting a law on vaccine administration and several decisions.

Li Zhanshu, chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, presided over the closing meeting attended by 171 committee members.

At the meeting, lawmakers adopted a decision to grant special pardons for some imprisoned criminals on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

In a speech at the meeting, Li underlined the political and legal significance of the decision on special pardons, calling for accurate grasp of the principles and coverage of the pardons, as well as fair and law-based handling.

He also spoke highly of the vaccine administration law, saying the law will provide powerful legal weapons for protecting people’s health.

Li called for efforts to solicit opinions to improve the two draft sections on marriage and family and inheritance of the civil code, which were reviewed by lawmakers during the session.

Lawmakers approved the central government’s final accounts for 2018 and passed a report on qualifications of certain NPC deputies. They also adopted resolutions on official appointments and dismissals.

Li called for better enforcement of the government’s budget and thorough corrections to the problems found by auditing, as well as more efforts to protect the legal rights and interests of small and medium-sized enterprises.

Before the closing meeting, Li presided over a chairpersons’ meeting to hear reports on the drafts to be submitted for voting.

Chinese and US flags at a booth during the China International Import Expo in Shanghai Photo: VCG

An open letter to US President Donald Trump signed by scores of Asia specialists including former US diplomats and military officers has revealed that rational voices are emerging to challenge paranoid ideas, Chinese experts noted on Thursday.

Published in The Washington Post on July 3, the open letter “China is not an enemy” was jointly composed by prominent scholarly, diplomatic, military and business experts with Asia expertise, mostly from the US.

The letter urges the Trump administration to reconsider its China policy and warns the current government approach could backfire and harm US interests.

At a Thursday briefing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang praised the letter, saying that a rational, objective and tolerant voice triumphs over paranoid and extreme ideas. China is confident about Sino-US relations, Geng said.

Chinese observers interviewed by the Global Times said the letter, coming amid turbulent relations between the two countries over a raft of issues, represented the rational side of public opinion in the US by stating the obvious truth that the current approach of largely seeking to contain China was not what US society wants.

The letter listed seven propositions that represented the signatories’ collective views on China, the problems of the US government approach to China and the basic elements of a more effective US policy.

The US academics claimed that the White House’s approach to China’s recent “troubling behavior,” including “increased state control over private firms” and “more aggressive foreign policy,” was fundamentally counterproductive, according to the letter content.

Washington’s adversarial stance toward Beijing weakened a “moderate, pragmatic and genuinely cooperative approach with the West” advocated by some Chinese.

The US spending resources to contain China was only detrimental to its own interests, Jia Qingguo, director of the Institute for China-US People-to-People Exchange at Peking University, told the Global Times on Thursday.

The difference between the ideas expressed in the letter and the Trump administration approach toward China is that the former takes China as a competitor and the latter views China as a pure enemy, Xin Qiang, deputy director of the Center for US Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai, told the Global Times on Thursday.

“The former advocates a legal and rational way to compete, but the later just uses reckless, sometimes even illegal methods, to contain China’s development,” Xin said.

Reckless containment has been repeatedly proven to be ineffective, and cooperation was the best choice, he said.

The role that China plays on the international stage is determined in an interactive process between the country and the rest of the world, Wu Xinbo, director of Fudan University’s Center for American Studies, told the Global Times on Thursday.

If China’s growth path could be welcomed and acknowledged by countries, especially the US, then voices for international cooperation would sound louder in China, Wu believed. Containment was more likely to make China take a tougher stance, he noted.

Jia also admitted that discrepancies do exist between the two countries, but those should be addressed through negotiation and management, not confrontation. More clampdowns on China will only inspire countermeasures, he warned.

The letter also maintained that the fear was “exaggerated” of Beijing’s pursuit of replacement of the US as a global leader, and encouraged the US to work with its allies and partners to create a more open and prosperous world where China is offered an opportunity to participate.

China was interested in building a cooperative and equal international order where everyone can win, said Fudan University Professor Wu.

Wu pointed out that the current international order is neither equal nor open for all, which is more in accordance with US and Western interests.

Talk of world leadership was outmoded as no one in the world is interested in being the global leader anymore, asserted Wang Yiwei, director of Renmin University of China’s Institute of International Affairs.

On the other hand, US confrontation with China and embracing unilateralism only lends China more weight on the international arena, Wang said.

For example, China is now playing a critical role in leading global actions to tackle climate change, after the US withdrawal from the Paris deal in 2017.

China is promoting multilaterism and globalization via international cooperation mechanisms such as its Belt and Road Initiative. Meanwhile, the US is exiting international or regional organizations such as the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Some joke that China is embracing 2050 while the US is moving back to 1950, Wang said. The US needs to be more open about cooperation, he suggested, not build walls and lock itself in.

Talking about the trade war, Chinese experts praised the US specialists’ opinion that decoupling China from the global economy would damage the US reputation and interests.

In the past, extremist views regarding trade outweighed other opinions in the US, Su Hao, founding director of the Center for Strategic and Peace Studies at China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing, told the Global Times.

After some time, the US government has come to realize that exerting pressure and slapping tariffs on China is not solving Sino-US disputes.

That was why leaders from the two countries met at this year’s G20 summit and made remarks on restarting trade talks, Su said.

Beijing remains committed to the promotion of trade and investment liberalization, said Li Haidong, a professor at the China Foreign Affairs University’s Institute of International Relations, and drafters of the letter had noted that the clampdown had not much affected China’s economy.

The letter would exert a certain positive influence on Sino-US trade talks and the US side will probably handle the talks in a more rational way, Chinese observers speculated, but warned Beijing was not counting on any letter fundamentally altering negotiations.

The open letter also touched up China’s rising military strength.

Beijing “faces immense hurdles to operating as a globally dominant military power” and China’s “growing military capabilities have already eroded the US long-standing military preeminence in the Western Pacific,” the letter said, and urged the US to work with allies to counter attacks on the US or allied territory.

China’s national policy remains defensive, said Renmin University of China’s Wang, although its military was increasingly stepping out onto the global stage to safeguard the country’s overseas interests.

As for criticizing China for eroding US military “preeminence in the Western Pacific,” Wang said such claims revealed US anxiety.

Ni Feng, deputy director of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ Institute of American Studies, noted it was China’s obligation to protect its overseas interests.

In fact, with the growth of China’s national interests, its national security was more vulnerable to terrorism, piracy, natural disasters and epidemics, Ni noted.

With the development of Belt and Road Initiative, it was only natural that China has expanded its construction projects in relevant countries and regions, said Ni.

Such projects affected US attempts at regional dominance and so China’s activities, be they commercial or military, easily invited US criticism, Ni believed.

The letter was still filled with prejudice against China and support for US hegemony, Chinese observers agreed but showed rationality to some extent.

It would prove of great value if the White House thought twice about its dangerous China policy and rising antagonism between the world’s two largest economies, observers said.

The letter was unlikely to be taken seriously by the White House, they warned.

The Trump administration doesn’t value expert opinion, and Chinese people should not delude themselves, Li with the China Foreign Affairs University’s Institute of International Relations in Beijing, told the Global Times.

“But we also need to encourage rational ideas to expand their influence in the US,” said Li. “They cast a spotlight on stabilizing and rebuilding healthy Sino-US ties.”

Newspaper headline: Open letter to Trump rational: FM