News / Asia

China Shows New Assertiveness as VP Prepares For US Visit

Stephanie Ho

China is continuing to stress the need for Sino-American cooperation, as Vice President Xi Jinping heads to the United States next week. However, an official says Beijing will increasingly act in its own national interest, even if such moves anger other countries.

Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai told reporters that despite current Sino-American disagreements about issues like Syria, Tibet and trade, he thinks overall relations will continue to improve.

Cui is optimistic about the relationship he says, as long as both countries continue to follow the direction mapped out by both presidents last year, for cooperation based on mutual respect and mutual benefit.

He was asked about possible friction during Xi's visit to the White House because China vetoed a U.S.-backed United Nations resolution against Syria.

Cui says China has cast the fewest vetoes of any of the U.N. Security Council's five permanent members and seriously considers each decision.

Despite the different positions on U.N. action against Syria, Cui says this does not rule out future cooperation between China and other countries, including the United States.

Meanwhile, the Chinese official says deals will accompany Xi's visit. However, he indicated that hugely expanding trade is not the main purpose of this trip.

Cui says observers should not see this trip as a procurement trip or as a trip where, "the visitor is extending gifts to the host".

He urged Washington to end export controls on American high-tech exports to China and adds that Beijing is committed to reforming its currency exchange regime, but will continue to do so at its own pace.

Xiong Zhiyong, diplomacy professor at Beijing's Foreign Affairs College, says in China, foreign policy has always taken a back seat to domestic concerns.

Xiong says foreign affairs are dependent on domestic policy, so it is most important that Chinese leaders take care of domestic issues.

At the same time, the professor says China views ties with the United States as very important and knows it needs to get the Sino-American relationship right if it hopes to effectively handle domestic and economic issues.

Next week, Vice President Xi travels to Washington, Iowa and California. To add to the significance Washington places on the trip, Xi is the man expected to be named China's next top leader.

You May Like

Video VOA Reporter Tours Devastated Peshawar School

Islamist militants wearing military uniforms and strapped with explosives attacked a military run school Tuesday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. At least 141 people were killed in the horrific attack, most of them young students. More

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

Dropout rate at an all-time high in South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during 3-year civil war More

Tennessee Songbirds Fly Coop Long Before Tornadoes Arrive

Researchers say birds apparently alerted to danger by sounds at frequencies below range of human hearing More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
US: Response to Sony Hack Will Be Proportionali
X
Aru Pande
December 19, 2014 1:45 AM
The White House says President Barack Obama considers the cyberattack on Sony Corp. a serious national security matter and that the U.S. will counter with an "appropriate response." VOA correspondent Aru Pande reports.
Video

Video US: Response to Sony Hack Will Be Proportional

The White House says President Barack Obama considers the cyberattack on Sony Corp. a serious national security matter and that the U.S. will counter with an "appropriate response." VOA correspondent Aru Pande reports.
Video

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video Nigerians Fleeing Boko Haram Languish in Camp Near Capital

In its five-year effort to impose Islamic law in northeastern Nigeria, the Boko Haram extremist group has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Some of those who ran for their lives now live in squalor on the edges of the capital, Abuja. Chris Stein reports for VOA.
Video

Video Putin Says Russian Economy Will Emerge Stronger

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his country's sinking economy will not only recover but also become stronger, despite falling oil prices and Western sanctions over Ukraine. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.
Video

Video Detained Turkish Journalists Follow Teachings of US-Based Preacher

The Turkish government’s jailing of critical journalists has sparked international condemnation and is being seen as an effort to undermine the followers of an ailing Turkish preacher based in the United States. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky has more.
Video

Video ‘Anti-Islamization’ Marches Increase Tensions In Germany

Anti-immigrant rallies in Germany have been building in recent weeks, peaking Monday night in the city of Dresden where tens of thousands of people turned out to demonstrate against what they call the ‘Islamization’ of the West. Germany has offered asylum to more Syrian refugees than any other country, and this appears to have set off the protests. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.
Video

Video Refugees Living in Kenya Long for Peace in the Home Countries

Kenya is host to numerous refugees seeking safe haven from conflict. Immigrants from Somalia face challenges in their new lives in Kenya. Ahead of International Migrants Day (December 18) Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA News from the Kenyan capital.

All About America

AppleAndroid