China-US Track Two Diplomacy Injecting Huge Positive Energy

- Nov 07, 2018-

Against the backdrop of a trade war initiated by the United States against China, US Vice-President Mike Pence delivered a speech, accusing China of misleading US citizens to interfere in domestic politics and influence mid-term elections and the 2020 general election. They base the analysis on their assumption of China's "malicious motives" and "fraudulent tricks", selectively choose some so-called facts and data to support their argument. These fallacies, which stand in sharp contrast to facts, bring about confusion and distortion to the normal development of China-US relations and will erode the very foundation of bilateral ties. This in some sense is more detrimental to China-US relations than the trade war.

Amity between the people holds the key to sound relations between the states. When the small ball spun the big globe in 1971, ping-pong diplomacy ushered in a great new chapter in the nongovernmental exchanges between China and the US. In spite of the twists and turns in China-US relations in the over 40 years since then, nongovernmental interactions have always been progressing and have delivered historic achievements in economic, trade, cultural, people-people, education, science and technology exchanges and cooperation. This not only helps the bilateral ties overcome obstacles and sail along the right track, but also promotes the two governments to engage in close collaboration to tackle the international financial crisis, climate change and other global challenges. History has fully shown that win-win China-US nongovernmental exchanges are a choice made by the two peoples on their own initiative, and are a historical trend that could not be resisted.

Visionary and dedicated people in the two countries have given huge support to the nongovernmental exchanges. Since establishment in March 2009, the China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE), a high-end think tank dedicated to international economic exchanges and research, with the leadership of chairman Zeng Peiyan, has been committed to reciprocal and win-win economic and trade relations between China and the US, as well as other major countries. The CCIEE has been engaged in close exchanges and cooperation with nongovernmental organizations and think tanks and have conducted multiple forms of events with enriched contents, including the First Global Think Tank Summit in July 2009, the China-US CEO and Former Senior Officials' Dialogue established in April 2011, sustainable urbanization cooperation with the Paulson Institute initiated in March 2012, research collaboration and regular academic exchange with famous American think tanks such as the Brookings Institution and the Peterson Institute for International Economics. With the two sides from China and the US engaging in frank communication and dialogue, they have pursued common ground while putting aside differences, offered suggestions to China-US economic and trade relations' progress, and built up mutual trust, clarified doubts and promoted cooperation. Amidst twists and turns in bilateral ties, many nongovernmental exchange mechanisms like the China-US CEO and Former Senior Officials' Dialogue managed to go ahead, which won wide acclaim from various communities. Many public figures including former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former United Nations' secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon all expressed high praise to CCIEE for its efforts and achievements of pooling global wisdom.