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U.S. scholar: U.S.-China ties grounded in common interest of stability

Source: Xinhua | 03-31-2009 14:57

WASHINGTON, March 30 (Xinhua) -- The upcoming meeting between Chinese President Hu Jintao and U.S. President Barack Obama in London reflects the fact that relations between the two countries are increasingly grounded in shared interests of stabilization of issues of global importance, a leading U.S. scholar has said.

"This upcoming meeting reflects the evolution of the foundation for U.S.-China relations," Professor David M. Lampton, director of China Studies of the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, said in an interview with Xinhua over the weekend.

The professor, who authors the book "The Three Faces of Chinese Power: Might, Money, and Minds," said that the necessity for productive U.S.-China relations is now grounded in the common necessity of stabilization: stabilization of the global economy; stabilization of the regional and global counter proliferation systems; and stabilization of the global climate.

"In some sense, stabilization is the most common interest that China and the United States share," Lampton said.