Towards a new type of great power relationship between China and the United States
An address to the National Defence University of China
Thursday 28 March 2013
It’s now three months since I last addressed this important Chinese institution.
I thank you for the hospitality I received then.
I thank you for the collegiate discussion I had with a number of your leaders on that occasion.
And I thank you for your kind invitation to return here today, so soon after the National People’s Congress has confirmed the appointment of China’s new leadership for the next five years.
The last time I spoke here I emphasised the importance of understanding clearly one another’s strategic perspectives on the future stability of the Asian hemisphere – from the viewpoints of Beijing, Washington, and the other capitals of Asia.
I also emphasised that there was nothing determinist about the future of international relations.
Of course we should all make a careful study of the history of international relations (and I know in this country you make a particularly careful study of this history).
We are all obviously shaped by our own histories in our dealings with other states, both positive and negative.