Peoples Daily: American society is generally opposed to restricting exchanges with China

 Peoples Daily: American society is generally opposed to restricting exchanges with China

For some people in the United States to render normal social exchanges between the United States as a threat, many Americans come out with their own experience to say no. Neil Bush, president of the Bush Foundation for U.S. -China Relations, recently said in a public speech that he had visited China more than 140 times. In his view, the United States and China have benefited greatly from close commercial, educational, political and cultural exchanges over the past 40 years.

In early July, 100 American experts, scholars and politicians and businessmen published an open letter in the Washington Post entitled China is not an enemy, arguing that some political forces in the United States have exaggerated the so-called China threat. At present, the number of co-sponsors of the open letter is still increasing, and Walter Mundell, former Vice President of the United States, signed the letter to show support. In many areas, cooperation between the United States and China is more conducive to the interests of the United States and the international community than competition, Friedrich Jean, director of the Institute of Foreign Relations at Johns Hopkins University, who signed the letter, told reporters.

Robert Kuhn, an American expert on China, has been engaged in cultural exchanges between the United States and China for a long time, and recently participated in the creation of a documentary on Chinas struggle against poverty. He told reporters that exchanges in the fields of science, education and culture are one of the most important undertakings of mankind and enrich the lives of all participants. The reason why the United States has the worlds leading science and education system is due to such exchanges, Chinese scientists and students in the United States should be welcomed and valued today.

Regarding the current US practice of restricting US-China exchanges, Xie Shuli, director of the 21st Century China Research Center at the University of California, San Diego and assistant secretary of state of the United States, said that the United States now has a blind perception that China is a threat and has made various overreactions. This phenomenon is taking Americans with it. Down the Cliff.

We should not create a harmful atmosphere of groundless doubt and fear.

Over the years, the close exchanges between China and the United States in the field of education have brought great benefits to both sides, but at present some people in Washington have baselessly portrayed such exchanges as so-called national security risks and demanded restrictions. In response, Yale University, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California, Berkeley, University of Michigan and many other well-known American universities have made public their voices, stressing that they continue to welcome international students and scholars, including Chinese students, and believing that closing the door will only damage the vitality and competitiveness of the United States itself.

In an open letter to the University, MIT President Rafael Lev stressed that we should not create a harmful atmosphere of groundless doubt and fear. He also pointed out that both the long-term visa delays and the harsh rhetoric against immigrants made people aware that the United States was closing the door.

In a public statement, Yale University President Robert Supid also pointed out that the tension between the United States and China and the intensification of academic exchanges and censorship have increased the anxiety of many international students and scholars at Yale University and American universities. He said that international students and scholars are welcome and respected on Yale campus, and the school thanks them for their professionalism, creativity and dedication.

According to the International Association of Education, more than 360,000 Chinese students studied in the United States in the 2017-2018 academic year, more than three times as many as nine years ago. American colleges and universities generally believe that opening doors to Chinese students not only brings economic benefits to the school, but also adds a global perspective to the campus. All university presidents want to have an international campus, because our students will live in a globalized world. Terry Hartler, senior vice president of the U.S. Board of Education, told the Washington Post: Schools are worried that international students may become chess players in the economic and trade frictions.

In fact, at present, not only American higher education circles have a strong willingness to exchange with China, but more and more American primary and secondary schools are also cooperating with China. At Barker Art Middle School in Palm Beach, West Florida, where reporters recently visited, school leaders and teachers were enthusiastic about strengthening exchanges with China and totally disagreed with the political rhetoric that some people hyped about threats. Sally Rulunsky, the principal of Buck Art Middle School, told reporters, Its a wonderful thing to show your culture and learn from others at the same time. In addition to seeing differences between people, we need to realize how similar we are.

When any problems arise, we cant take a one-off attitude.

In American society, there has been a group that supports and promotes exchanges and cooperation with China for a long time. Recently, despite the difficulties in Sino-US relations, these people are actively speaking out through various channels against the attempts of some people in Washington to artificially obstruct social exchanges between the two countries.

Charles Foster, chairman of the U.S. -China Cooperation Council, told reporters that bilateral relations between the United States and China are very important to both countries and to the world, so both sides must make the right choice. He stressed: China is different from the United States, but it is not a problem at all. Instead of threatening, we should actively seek solutions that can really solve the problem.

Shao Jianlong, vice president of Arizona State University and former congressman of the United States Congress, who has long supported U.S. -China education cooperation, has repeatedly pointed out in public activities that when any problems arise, we can not take a one-off attitude. Moreover, the U.S. -China relationship concerns the interests of the whole world and needs to be properly handled among the people. Mutual understanding is essential.

Reta Lewis, former U.S. State Department Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs, was responsible for helping U.S. state and local officials establish foreign cooperation. At a recent seminar focusing on U.S. -China local cooperation, she said that the importance of ensuring that the door of local exchanges between the United States and China remains open is increasing, and both sides need to explore how to continue to prioritize this relationship.

Carol Lopez, vice chairman of Sister City International Association, said that the reason why social exchanges between the United States and China can have the current vitality is basically because the people of both sides want the same thing. When we know each other, we are more willing to share, she told reporters.

Source: Responsible Editor of Peoples Daily: Han Yukun_NBJ11142