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Ever since the Second World War, the United States has played an indispensable role, ensuring peace and order in the world and creating conditions that allowed for the revitalization of the war-torn countries of Europe and Asia. During the Cold War, of course, the U.S. also expected the beneficiaries of its support to line up on its side against the Soviet bloc.
In calling for the rejuvenation of the nation through realization of the "Chinese Dream," President Xi Jinping is also invoking another aspect of history -- the ancient trading route known as the Silk Road, which led from China through Central Asia to Europe.
Ever since the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989, Western observers have been hoping for a reformer to emerge in China.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in Washington for talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, spoke about a new model of Sino-American relations featuring "no conflict or confrontation" and "mutual respect," which is to be achieved through "win-win cooperation."
"The Chinese side welcomes the general agreement between the U.S. and Russia," Foreign Minister Wang Yi said while meeting with his French counterpart on Sunday. "This agreement will enable tensions in Syria to be eased."
Weeks after his election as China's new leader last November, Xi Jinping, the new general secretary of the Communist Party and head of the military, delivered a major address in which he exalted the status of the country's constitution, saying that "no organization or individual has the special rights to overstep the constitution and the law."
A day after the end of the trial of fallen political star Bo Xilai on bribery and other charges, China's communist party announced a key meeting in November to make critical decisions on comprehensively deepening economic reform.
The five-day trial of fallen Chinese superstar Bo Xilai, which the Communist authorities hoped would demonstrate their determination to target tigers rather than just swat flies in their anti-corruption campaign, also had a second goal: to show that the country is marching forward toward the rule of law.
In office for less than a year, China's new leader Xi Jinping appears poised to join the pantheon of Communist Party giants, with his thinking likely to be incorporated into the party's constitution at the next congress in 2017.
Optimism over a relaxation of tensions in the South China Sea generated by China's agreement to discuss a code of conduct with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) next month is rapidly dissipating in the wake of Beijing's clear reluctance to reach an early agreement.
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