The outcome of the U.S. election will not impact the country’s relation with China, said Wang Jisi, China’s prominent international relations scholar and a professor at Peking University, in response to a question from China.org.cn at a seminar in Beijing on April 25.
Wang Jisi, China’s prominent international relations scholar and a professor at Peking University, speaks at a seminar on superpower strategy, co-organized by CITIC Publishing Group and Center for China & Globalization, a think tank. [Photo by Guo Yiming / China.org.cn]
"No matter who the next U.S. president is, China-U.S. relations will remain the same," The scholar made the remark at an event on great powers’ strategies, co-organized by CITIC Publishing Group and the Center for China & Globalization, a think tank.
The history of China-U.S. relations, Wang agreed, can be divided into four stages, the first one starting during the Qing Dynasty and ending on 1911 when the Republic of China was founded, the second from 1911 until the birth of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, the third from 1949 until China unveiled its reform and opening-up policy in 1978, and the fourth is ongoing.
In Wang’s view, the four stages corresponded to transformative events in China. He said that China is the "variable" and the U.S. a "constant" when it comes to bilateral relations.
"Being a mature power, China should change itself and think from a global perspective," added the scholar, urging the country to focus more on inclusiveness and openness. Wang thought that China will only rise as a globalized nation, by playing the "talent" card, which attracts people from other nationalities not only for investment but also to become Chinese citizens.
"Only when plenty of ’Johnsons’ or ’Mohammeds’ want to become Chinese citizens can the country become more powerful."
The scholar also urged to avoid one-sidedness and to follow the trend of China-U.S. relations through multiple lenses.（By Guo Yiming ）
From China.Org, April 27, 2016