top paper says no place for a 'new cold war' with U.S.
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[July 12, 2014]
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China and the
United States must avoid a "new cold war" in their international
relations, China's top newspaper said on Saturday, in the wake of high
level talks in Beijing between senior leaders of the world's two largest
China and the United States agreed on Thursday to boost military
ties and counter-terrorism cooperation during annual talks in
Beijing, but there was little immediate sign of progress on thorny
cyber-security or maritime issues.
"Both China and the United States realize that today's world has
already undergone profound changes, and there is no longer a market
for a "new cold war", the People's Daily, the ruling communist
party's official paper, said in a commentary.
It was published under the pen name "Zhong Sheng", meaning "Voice of
China", often used to give views on foreign policy.
The commentary said that the gravest risk to relations between the
two countries was "misunderstanding", and called for both sides to
strengthen channels of communication as they looked to shake off a
"hazy" period of bilateral relations.
The U.S. Department of Justice charged a Chinese businessman on
Friday with hacking into the computer system of airplane maker
Boeing Co and other companies to obtain data about military
projects, the latest in a string of spying allegations between the
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The commentary added that complex Sino-U.S. ties were unlikely to
get easier to manage any time soon. Positive steps would include
boosting bilateral investment, deepening cooperation on
environmental issues, strengthening military ties and making travel
easier between the two countries.
"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 commentary
(Reporting by Adam Jourdan; Editing by Michael Perry)
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