The convening of the China-US high-level talks as scheduled despite recent turbulence in bilateral ties has sent out a reassuring message to those worried passengers on the China-US plane: their safety belts are securely fastened.
The Sino-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue has long been viewed as one of the most important mechanisms for the two countries to conduct regular communication, address problems in their relations and reach consensus.
Industry practitioners and medical experts warmly welcomed visiting Chinese Vice-Premier Liu Yandong's call for more and deeper collaborations between China and the US on medical research and talent exchanges.
In a perfect world, countries wouldn't spy on one another, but until that utopian day dawns on us, it is reasonable to expect intelligence collecting to continue as it has since the days of Sun Tzu and Julius Caesar. Knowledge is power, and wanting to know more about rivals, opponents and even friends is common across cultures.
Senior Chinese and US officials are to convene later this week in Washington for an annual gathering considered to be a paramount dialogue crucial for China and the United States to repair mutual trust damaged by US moves.