1000 Ways to repair US-China ties

Sunday: January 12, 2020

Interview: There exist “a thousand ways”
to get China-U.S. ties right — U.S. business leader

by Xinhua writers
Xu Xingtang, Yang Shilong

NEW YORK, (Xinhua) — There are “a thousand ways” to get U.S.-China relations back onto the right track and no reason not to, a U.S. business leader told Xinhua.

In a recent interview with Xinhua, Michael North, chairman of Galaxy Trade and Technology, a U.S.-China joint venture engaging in international magnesium trade, pointed to the strong and deep fundamentals of U.S.-China relations.

The interweaving of these two economies, these two societies and these two cultures is “so deep, so continuous, so profound and so meaningful to so many people” that it cannot be “seriously disrupted” by the U.S.-China trade disputes, North said.

Citing the chorus of many state-level leaders at a recent National Governors Association meeting, he said “there are a thousand ways to get it (the bilateral relationship) right and no reason not to.”

The current trade friction between the United States and China is a “temporary episode,” North said.

“In a way it gives us all a chance to take a step back and think again, think a little more deeply, think about not only where we were and where we are, but where are we going and how can the partnership between the U.S. and China now move forward even more effectively to lead the world into a prosperous and peaceful future,” he added.

Now it is time to “reset” the relationship instead of threatening it, said North, who also directs America-China Bridge, a Honolulu-based foundation devoted to building peace and understanding between China and the United States.

China is a “top-tier country,” he said. “China is on a par with Europe and America in so many ways. China is even ahead in some ways.”

“It’s in our interests for China to be strong, you know, because then we have a strong partner. We can lean on each other and we can create something. We need strength, mutual strength from each other,” North said.

“It’s easy to condemn viewpoints that you don’t agree with. It’s very easy to create a conflict. ‘I’m good. You’re bad.’ That doesn’t actually change anything,” he said.

“I believe that we can create a new system based more on equality and mutual respect,” he said. “And that can happen and does happen between America and China all the time.”

photos and captions provided by Galaxy Trade and Technology;

Xinhua is one of the largest and oldest commercial news networks in China, founded in 1931; US headquarters are in New York,
from which a number of regional bureaus are coordinated.

Chief writer and broadcast interviewer Xu Xingtang welcomes Michael North, of Galaxy Trade and Technology, to the Xinhua offices.

Xinhua is located in the heart of the city, high above Times Square.

The website at http://www.xinhuanet.com is constantly updated with global news,
from China’s unique perspective.

The interview was recorded for later broadcast in Xinhua’s worldwide television network.

Topics of the one-hour interview were wide-ranging, from current concerns about trade disputes between the US and China,
to China’s growing role in the world, to macro-economic issues, to the role of youth in China
in defining its new identity.

Video reporting from Xinhua is distributed at http://en.cncnews.cn/
and broadcast live throughout China.

Left to right; reporter Xu, Michael North, Xiaofang Zhou, also an executive at
Galaxy Trade and Technology, and reporter Yang Shilong