Shao Changchun: Improving Communication is an Effective Method for Improving U.S. – China Relations

Interesting commentary on US – China relations by Shao Changchun, chairman of the China – Europe Cultural and Education Fund who writes “Improving Communication is an Effective Method for Improving U.S. – China Relations” 邵长淳:沟通是改善中美关系的有效方法 on the always interesting collection of policy articles on China put together by the Carter Center and the China Political Development Research Center at http://www.chinaelections.org/

According to my humble nutshell summary attempt, Shao is saying something like this:

“Chinese officials need to speak more plainly about they would like to see the international system evolve. China becoming more transparent and open in its dealings with other countries will help a lot. Otherwise the Americans won’t understand what they are doing and see them as just obstructionist pests.

“The lack of transparency in Chinese diplomacy stirs up a lot of trouble and makes accomplishing anything much more difficult. China needs much more exchanges with US think tankers on both sides including as guest scholar in each others think tanks. Really now can improving relations be so hard? Improving relations with the open and democratic (and historically friendly towards China) Americans really should be much easier than dealing with the Russians and those arrogant Europeans. Working on improving relations will be particularly important with the new uncertainties as Trump becomes president and the likely calls for a tougher approach towards the US likely to be heard at the upcoming 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party. ”

[End nutshell summary]

Two key paragraphs from the article I copied below

与美国沟通并非是件难事,至少美国比俄罗斯好沟通,也比欧盟少一些臭架子和优越感。从历史上说,美国没有侵占过中国一寸土地,是从20世纪初就提出和坚持国际社会必须尊重中国的主权和领土完整的唯一的西方国家;第二次世界大战期间中美是盟友,无数美国飞行员在对日作战中献出了自己的生命;进入21世纪,尽管中美意识形态的不同似乎更加深化,但是华盛顿与北京并无核心矛盾,并不像冷战期间美苏之间存在生死存亡的矛盾跟,两国的经贸关系盘根错节,在一系列国际问题和全球挑战方面均有更多的共同利益与看法,没有理由不能搞好关系。换句话说,我们都能和历史上占领我们几百万平方公里领土丶又要我们那多援助的俄罗斯处理好关系,为什么不能和一个相对开放丶民主的美国政府处理好关系呢?

我认为加强中美沟可能需要做好以下三个方面的功课。首先,中国官方应积极、大胆、开放地表达自己的真实观点,不厌其烦的解释为什么对中国这样的国家来说有些制度和意识形态在目前是不能放弃的,并明确提出中国要对国际秩序进行改革的具体措施。其次,中国需要派出一大批务实的专家与美国的民间智库和官方机构展开深入的交流,并请美国专家和官员到中国长期观察甚至参与工作。第三,中国政府必须积极调动和支持民间机构的积极性,让它们更多地参与和参加中美交流。中国自身的透明、公开和开放自然会增进美国对中国底线的认知和核心利益的理解。”

邵长淳:沟通是改善中美关系的有效方法

作者:邵长淳

来源:作者赐稿

来源日期:2016年12月30日

The article is on the China Elections and Governance 中国选举与治理 website at the URL below

http://www.chinaelections.org/article/1944/244724.html

The China Elections and Governance website is a good resource for finding articles at the permitted cutting edge in China. The website is evidently hosted outside of China (there is no Chinese provincial website license at the bottom of the top page) so the good articles won’t suddenly disappear or the whole website disappear as has happened to a number of good Chinese websites devoted to high quality discussions.

Here is what the home page of China Elections and Governance looked liked on January 2, 2017

china-elections-and-governance-home-page-1-2-2017

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About 高大伟 David Cowhig

Worked 25 years as a US State Department Foreign Service Officer including ten years at US Embassy Beijing and US Consulate General Chengdu and four years as a China Analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Before State I translated Japanese and Chinese scientific and technical books and articles into English freelance for six years. Before that I taught English at Tunghai University in Taiwan for three years. And before that I worked two summers on Norwegian farms, milking cows and feeding chickens.
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