Last week, the two most powerful men on planet met. Three months after his tenure, Xi Jinping went to the United States of America (USA) invited by Obama. It is a noteworthy fact. After all, their predecessors – Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao – made their first trips to USA only a few years after having assumed the Chinese Government. Obama welcomed Xi in Sunnylands, California. The place was inviting and relaxing (http://sunnylands.org). A wide range of bilateral, regional and global affairs were on the table. Cyber Security, the Koreas, Iran, Syria, Middle East, Central Asia, economic and financial crisis, WTO trade disputes and the environment were possibly part of breakfasts, lunches and dinners’ menu. However, the main purpose was to establish a good personal relationship between them in order to allow discussions on ways of cooperation and management of the differences in a more effectively way for the next years. It is a valid effort.
China’s economic rise and its relationship with the USA have evoked several debates on world’s future. Many wonder if the two countries will enter into deliberate conflict or will be able to establish a relationship of peaceful cooperation. As mankind’s history is marked by war and peace, such a question has its relevance assured.
Looking for answers, analysts are leaning over data highlighting the power of these two Nations for this century. On one hand, the so-called hard power and, on the other, the soft power. Leia mais