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Chinese-American businesspeople see success of President Xi's US trip

By Guan Bihong (chinadaily.com.cn)

Updated: 2015-09-25 15:43:50


President Xi Jinping has started his long-awaited State visit to the United States. During his trip, he will exchange views on bilateral relations and hot global issues with US President Barack Obama, and talk to people from all walks of life in the US. He will also attend a summit celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations and deliver a key speech, in which he will once again convey the message that China is a responsible nation.

The interests of China and the US have grown increasingly intertwined in recent times. And over the past two years, by mutually centering the bilateral relationship on the strategic choice of building a new type of major-power relationship, the two countries have continually enhanced and broadened their exchanges and cooperation. The strengthening of the bilateral relationship not only benefits the two peoples, but also effectively promotes peace, stability and development in the Asia-Pacific region.

Of course, the US and China disagree at times. But what is important in any relationship is that the two sides respect each other and try to understand and bridge their differences by expanding the common ground between them and accommodating each other's core interests and major concerns.

Prior to Xi's trip a number of differences came to the fore, including cyber security, foreign investment in China and the role of overseas non-profit organizations in the country.

However, joining Xi on his trip are 15 Chinese business leaders, including three Internet gurus, who will undoubtedly reaffirm that China is a staunch defender of cyber security, and cyber threats are a common enemy. Meanwhile, the Chinese government has firmly acknowledged and welcomed the positive role overseas non-profit organizations play in promoting development on the Chinese mainland.

And Chinese-American businesspersons have also noted that the government does not intend to change its policy toward foreign investment, and will protect the lawful interests of foreign-funded companies and provide better services for them.

People of all countries share a common dream of peace, stability and prosperity. The pursuit of this common dream by people of all countries, whatever their differences, is a powerful driving force for cooperation among nations.

Yet every nation has its own dream too, and Xi is likely to elaborate on the Chinese dream to people in the US during his trip, as achieving the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation is the shared goal of the Chinese people.

Inspired by the Chinese dream proposed by Xi, I have taken the opportunity during my business trips to China to deliver speeches about the Chinese dream of overseas Chinese in which I have expressed my firm belief that the Chinese dream is a key shaper of the future.

The Chinese-American business community is looking forward to Xi's trip forging stronger ties between these two great nations.

The author is executive vice-chairman of Chinese Chamber of Commerce in the US and president and chief editor of US Chinese Businessmen.