NYT fails to interpret relationship of China, US leaders

By Ai Jun Source:Global Times Published: 2017/5/4 23:23:39

A recent article from The New York Times entitled "Why Trump's Budding Bromance With Xi Is Doomed" argued that US President Donald Trump's flattery of his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping stemmed from "his reliance on the Chinese leader to bear down on North Korea over its nuclear program." But Trump will be disappointed, said the critique, because "China does not want a nuclear-armed enemy in North Korea."

Western media lately seems to be fond of using the term "bromance" to describe relations between top leaders of China and the US. Although Beijing has never defined the ties in this way, there is no reason for China to refuse an improving Beijing-Washington relationship. Yet stable and enhanced ties between the two do not come from one begging or flattering the other.

Like many other commentaries of The New York Times, including "Trump, Changing Course on Taiwan, Gives China an Upper Hand" and "Trump Is a Chinese Agent," the newspaper made no effort to hide its sour sarcasm. Being against not only China but also Trump appears to have become a routine of quite a few in the mainstream US media.

The US media has never been a fan of Trump and has always had a prejudice against Beijing. They believe a rising China might end the current global order which is led by the US. Such dislike confined their recognition over changes in the Sino-US relationship.

Beijing and Washington are competitors to each other. But the US media obviously neglected a more significant fact - ties between China and the US cannot be viewed in an ordinary sense.

The bilateral relationship determines whether the international financial system can function well, whether nuclear proliferation and terrorism can be taken under control, as well as the development of many other regional and global hotspot issues.

In terms of the North Korean nuclear crisis, China and the US also share common interests. Neither would want to be bogged down in the flames of war, and seeing the North Korean nuclear issue spin out of control does not conform to Trump's goal of making America great again, which requires peace and a stable global environment.

Some analyzed that the lack of effective coordination between Beijing and Washington due to their own strategic interests has resulted in today's North Korean nuclear development; others also claimed that Pyongyang has been deliberately driving a wedge between China and the US. But today, the same issue has provided the two nations with an opportunity to cooperate.

What kind of relationship between the leaders from both sides do we need? The US media seems to be delighted to hear and see tough words and actions, but they have long been outdated in the current era.

Relations between Beijing and Washington are now stepping on the right track, which accords with the interests of both sides and cannot be achieved without their joint efforts.



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