World expects new Chinese leadership to deepen ties

Leaders of countries and political parties across the globe sent congratulatory messages Thursday to Xi Jinping on his election as general secretary of the CPC Central Committee and look forward to strengthening ties with China.


US President Barack Obama extended his warm greeting on Xi's assumption of the post.

"I recall your successful visit to the US last February, and the positive and constructive discussions we had about the future of US-China relations," he said.

"I look forward to working with you in the years ahead to continue building a cooperative partnership that benefits both of our peoples and advances peace and prosperity, especially through practical cooperation on regional and global economic and security challenges," Obama said.

Doug Guthrie, dean of the George Washington University School of Business said he sees opportunities for the US and China to build a collaborative relationship. "It's bad when Mitt Romney and others talk about currency manipulation and being tough on China. I would like to see a more welcoming environment towards Chinese investment," he said.

One of the major challenges is to set aside political tensions, he noted. "We cannot accuse Chinese firms of spying on the US government. The Huawei case is absolutely absurd."

About Huawei case

He admitted that US politicians have concerns about China's change of leadership and thinks of most of them are unfounded. "There are many US politicians who do not know anything about China. This creates an opportunity to talk about the threat that China poses. They just don't understand the situation in China," he said.

"I would rather see them engage with China, and to get to know Xi Jinping. I also would like to see Chinese politicians being more open to engagement with the West."

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