China media: US ties

Barack Obama (L) and Xi Jinping have announced new targets on greenhouse gas emissions Image copyright AP
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Papers urge Washington to show "sincerity" in bilateral ties as Chinese President Xi Jinping met his US counterpart Barack Obama in Beijing.

Several media outlets published photos of both men taking a relaxed stroll in Beijing on Tuesday.

"The fact that Mr Xi and Mr Obama chose to meet informally before their formal talks on Wednesday was an indication of their growing personal friendship," the Xinhua News Agency observes.

It adds that "the two leaders seemed eager to show the world their joint commitment to crafting a new type of relationship" between the two countries.

However, the commentary cautions that "lots of political wisdom" is required for the two leaders to work together.

"To dispel suspicion and build confidence, it is vital for the two countries to enhance communication," it adds.

Raising similar issues, the Chinese edition of the Global Times questions Washington's sincerity. "The US has repeatedly said it would not contain China, should we believe it?" it asks.

It says Washington's "pivot to Asia strategy has obviously encouraged an anti-Beijing mentality in China's neighbouring countries".  

Nevertheless, the paper describes Mr Obama as a "moderate president", while admitting that China is yet to "fully understand the US".

Stressing that China's "significant contributions" have not received due recognition from the US, Wang Xiangsui, an international affairs expert at Beihang University, tells the Global Times' Chinese edition that China and the US should work together on regional development.

"The US and some countries think that China is taking a free ride in the region. But it's not true. China has been putting in efforts to develop the economy of the Asia-Pacific region and the world," says the pundit, referring to Mr Obama's earlier statement about China's status as a global "free rider".

'General welfare'

Meanwhile, papers are also discussing the choice of Zhongnanhai, the leadership compound, as the location for informal talks between the two leaders, while recalling a similar meeting in Annenberg Retreat in California last year.

Qu Xing, president of China Institute of International Studies, tells the Beijing Times a place with a "scenic view" was chosen to "reciprocate the style of the meeting" held last year in California.

Staying with the Apec, papers highlight China's contribution to promoting regional integration, after Asia-Pacific leaders agreed to move towards a new free trade zone.

The Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP) backed by Beijing is seen by some as a rival to a US trade pact, which excludes China.

Welcoming the endorsement, a front-page commentary in the overseas edition of the People's Daily stresses China's contribution to the "general welfare" of the Asia-Pacific region.

"The endorsement of the roadmap will help integrate the Asia-Pacific region…The summit in Beijing has displayed the wisdom and contributions of China," it says.

Some experts also agree that the move "signalled China has won support of all Apec members, including the US".

"The US had concerns that the mega free trade area would affect the US-backed Trans-Pacific Partnership, which excludes China, ahead of the meetings in Beijing, but the statements indicate China's effort to push forward the FTAAP has worked," Lu Jianren, a senior research fellow with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, tells the Global Times.

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