Date
24 September 2017
Barack Obama and Xi Jinping pushed a divergent economic agenda at the APEC summit but eased mistrust between their countries in their bilateral  meeting. Photo: AFP
Barack Obama and Xi Jinping pushed a divergent economic agenda at the APEC summit but eased mistrust between their countries in their bilateral meeting. Photo: AFP

China academic: Reduced Sino-US mistrust biggest deal in summit

China and the United States have eased mistrust between them, although they continue to diverge on economic strategy, according to a senior Chinese academic.

Shi Yinhong, director of the Center on American Studies of Renmin University of China, said the greatest achievement of President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Beijing was in creating an atmosphere of mutual trust.

Also, Shi cited a bilateral effort to establish a military liaison mechanism.

However, the US seemed to play down a new type of major-country relationship after Xi said China and the US should expand cooperation, he said.

Shi said Obama’s remarks during a joint press conference with Xi that the US is willing to build such relations are not in the official transcript on the White House website.

China threw up a “new type of major-country relations” for the first time in 2012, saying the two countries should avoid conflict or confrontation.

Xi mentioned the idea seven times during the press conference but Obama responded only once, state news agency Xinhua reported.

At the APEC summit which coincided with the Obama visit, the United States and China diverged on economic strategy, Shi was quoted as saying.

The US pushed for the Trans-Pacific Partnership which excludes China and Russia while China advanced the Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific which is backed by countries in the region, he said.

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