turns, which prevented both sides to enjoy optimal mutual benefit. Also, the US has tried to contain China’s rise by hyping up issu

es such as the China-Japan conflict in the East China Sea, the islands’ disputes in the South China Sea, and the Taiwan question. Some conservative forces

in the US have even exaggerated and manipulated Washington’s differences with Beijing on human rights, politi

cal systems, and structural reform, intending to slow down China’s economic growth and contain its rising global influence.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic re

lations between China and the US. But since last year, the US has been taking some un

ilateral and trade protectionist measures that have created trade frictions between the two countries.

Thanks to its “America First” policy, the US administration wants to squeeze the maximum benefits from Sino-US trade, but t

he problem is that the resulting rising costs of consumer and other goods for ordinary Americans and the not-so-ea

sy-to-reduce US trade deficits show that intensified trade tensions would harm not only China but also the US.