CHINA’S TOP NEWSPAPER WARNS: ‘SLIPPERY SLOPE’ TOWARDS CONFLICT WITH U.S.

-The Washington Times on July 12, 2014, reported that as diplomatic talks in China come to a close, one of the country’s biggest newspapers is warning citizens against a “new Cold War” with the United States. Excerpts below:

The commentary was written under the pen name “Zhong Sheng,” which means “Voice of China” and is often used for bylines on foreign policy op-eds, Reuters reported.

“If we deal with (the relationship) well, it could benefit both sides. But if we deal with this badly, that could be a slippery slope to terrible competition and even conflict,” the writer said.

The article went on to call for enhanced communication on both sides to strengthen relations. While the U.S. and China agreed to increase military ties and ramp up counter-terrorism cooperation during the annual talks in Beijing, there seemed to be little sign of progress on cyber-security or maritime issues, Reuters reported.

The writer added that foreign relations were unlikely to ease any time soon and suggested positive steps to amend shaky ties, including boosting bilateral investment, deepening cooperation on environmental issues, strengthening military ties and making travel easier between the U.S. and China.

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