Around 5 p.m. PDT on June 7, Chinese President Xi Jinping met U.S. President Barack Obama at the Annenberg Retreat in California to exchangeviews on future Sino-American relations. As two major global powers, China and the United States cannot neglect each other, but must strengthencommunication to avoid misunderstandings and seek common ground while recognizing differences, thus developing a cooperative relationship amidsthealthy competition. After many years of exchange, the two countries are already familiar with each other, so the Xi-Obama meeting may have moveddirectly to key concerns without wasting time on formalities. The two-day meeting was held far from Washington D.C., and avoided unnecessary grandeur,which created an ideal opportunity for both countries to strengthen their ties.
(Tao Duanfang, Sina.com)
Blue Paper on Indian Ocean Region Development
On June 8 in Kunming, capital of southwestern China’s YunnanProvince, China released the Report on the Development of the IndianOcean Region (2013), the first blue paper on the topic. Accordingto the report, generally speaking, “achieving win-win cooperation”is a common aspiration of all nations in the region, but internationalcompetition and regional conflicts have also emerged. As the UnitedStates has steadily pushed its “return-to-Asia” strategy, the complexityof geopolitics in the Indian Ocean region will constantly increase.In the predictable future, however, no global and regional power cansecure complete control of the Indian Ocean, so a fragile balance mustbe maintained through struggle and compromise. Balanced diplomacyand mechanized cooperation will become the primary tone for strategicadjustments of all countries involved.
(Hu Yuanhang, Chinanews.com)
Peking University Ranked 5th in Asia
Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a renowned British higher education research institution, releasedits latest Asian University Rankings, with Hong Kong University of Science and Technology rankedfirst and Peking University fifth. According to Ben Sowter, head of research at QS and manager ofthe rankings, Asian universities are undergoing rapid transformation, and the trend is particularlyreflected in Singapore and China, which are leading Asia in developing the world’s best universities.Sowter added that Western governments now face huge challenges in maintaining financial supportfor education and scientific research programs, which has offered an opportunity for Asian universitiesto recruit the world’s best teaching staff and academic elites and eliminate some of the braindrain that they experienced previously. The QS University Rankings are some of the most influentialin the world. Since 2009, QS has been publishing university rankings for various regions.