(Washington Post) Chinese President Hu looks for 'common ground' with U.S.

Chinese President Hu Jintao, who travels to Washington this week for a state visit after a year marked by disputes and tension with the United States, said the two countries could mutually benefit by finding “common ground” on issues from fighting terrorism and nuclear proliferation to cooperating on clean energy and infrastructure development.

“There is no denying that there are some differences and sensitive issues between us,” Hu said in written answers to questions from The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. He said “We both stand to gain from a sound China-U.S. relationship, and lose from confrontation.”

To enhance what he called “practical cooperation” on a wide range of issues, Hu urged an increase in dialogues and exchanges and more “mutual trust.” He said, “We should abandon the zero-sum Cold War mentality” and, in what seemed like an implicit rejection of U.S. criticisms of China’s internal affairs, said the two should “respect each other’s choice of development path.”

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4 comments on “(Washington Post) Chinese President Hu looks for 'common ground' with U.S.

  1. Sick & Tired of Nuance says:

    So…is China going to stop aiming its ICBMs at us anytime soon?

  2. BlueOntario says:

    When you have power you have some authority to say where “common ground” lies.

  3. Sick & Tired of Nuance says:

    Yes, that is what Mao said, isn’t it? “Power comes from the barrel of a gun.” That’s quite different from governing by the consent of the governed, eh?

  4. kmh1 says:

    Common Ground; ‘What’s yours is mine, and so is what’s mine.’