Former US ambassador stresses diplomatic approach to stabilize ties with China

Source: Xinhua Published: 2020/10/16 14:15:33

Stapleton Roy (Rear), former U.S. ambassador to China, addresses the U.S.-China Think Tank Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa, the United States, on June 12, 2017.Photo:Xinhua

It is crucial for the United States to develop a positive relationship with China, and the diplomatic approach is preferable during that process, former US ambassador to China Stapleton Roy said Thursday.

"Having a workable relationship with China is more important now than ever before," Roy said at a virtual panel discussion on US-China relations hosted by China Institute, a New York City-based think tank.

"We need a better way of managing the bilateral relationship than what we have at the moment," he said, noting that diplomacy is vital to forging ahead US-China ties.

Photo taken on April 27, 2020 shows boxes containing face masks donated by China's Fujian Province in Oregon, the United States.Photo:Xinhua

"Diplomacy is much more effective" in fostering constructive relations, he added.

Noting that the United States and China are the two most consequential countries in the world, Roy said that a stable bilateral relationship serves the interests of both sides.


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