The relationship between China and the U.S. is strong yet complex. The strongest developed nation and the populous, fast-developing nation co-operates on various matters related to trade and economics. However, they differ on some other issues, bringing up the complex nature of the US-China relations. The two nations have formed a vast economic partnership making good political relations necessary. Each nation is striving to be a good economic partner while being cautious in every step owing to the hegemonic rivalry in the Pacific.
In light of this, some people believe that a positive and peaceful relationship between the two nations is essential for global well-being. Well, being the world’s largest economies, their relationship affects the global well-being and according to world leaders as well as academics, it is the most important bilateral relationship of the century in the world.
Recently, Singapore PM, Lee Hsien Loong, said that good relationship between China and the U.S. will go a long way into making sure there is stability, peace, as well as prosperity in countries in the Asia-Pacific, China US Exchange Foundation and America being among them. He continued to say that the United States should work towards maintaining a stable as well as constructive relationship with China. It is clear that improved relations between Washington and Beijing will impact trade in the U.S. positively as it will remove barriers to the movement of the country’s products.
The good relations will help in strengthening the advocates of human rights as well as democracy in China. Additionally, it will see to it that there is political reform and liberalization and therefore, discourage dictatorial rule.
The security benefit of improved relations between the countries wins it all. Combining security efforts will make sure that China does not pose a threat to the interests of the United States as well as its allies. Consequently, U.S. will not enter into a military conflict with China since they will be working under a mutual threat reduction agreement.
Other benefits accrued to improved relations include:
• Contribute to securing Taiwan’s democracy;
• Take advantage of the China’s good terms with North Korea to counter Pyongyang’s nuclear weapon and missile threats;
• promote the climate change, pandemic disease, energy insecurity, cyber-terrorism as well as nuclear proliferation efforts;
• Come up with better ways to solve maritime disputes in the South as well as East China Seas;
• Reduce the scope, tempo and scale of China’s military forces modernization programs focused on anti-U.S. military ‘preparedness’ and redirect the resources into other important programs.