Americans in China expect better Sino-America ties

Updated: 2012-11-04 19:36


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BEIJING - Just a few days before the announcement of America's next president, many Americans in China have voted for their favorite candidate and expressed hope for bilateral relations between China and the United States. Most of them expect more dialogue between the two countries in the future.

"Regardless of our political differences, our countries need to work together," said Alexander Gladstone, an American financial news correspondent in Shanghai. "Our future success is integrally linked.

"While we might not agree on every issue, both America and China have a mutual vested interest in economic growth. We also share in taking responsibility for maintaining global stability and working to address climate change."

Gladstone believes that China represents a huge opportunity to the United States. Therefore it's vital for Americans to know how Chinese work, how they think, and to make strong friendships and connections with Chinese people.

"I hope American companies can gain new insights about what China really needs," he added.

The 25 year old has devoted himself to help American corporations find investment opportunities in China by reporting on advanced technologies which have already been introduced to China.

Gladstone voted for Obama four years ago, and his decision hasn't change this time. He hopes that the reelection of the incumbent will strengthen cooperation between the United States and China.

Michael Cain, who works for a PR company in Beijing, has also given his vote to one of the candidates. "I went back to North Carolina to register in the Absentee ballot. And I voted by fax last week," he explained.

Cain came to China before the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and found a job after learning Mandarin in just two years. He has high expectations for bilateral relations between China and the United States.

"The upcoming 18th national congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) is significant for China," Cain said. "I think it's important for the United States and China to work together and have dialogue. My real hope as we go forward is that both sides will be willing to work together."

Scott Hebdon came to China with his father for sightseeing. He found it hard to predict the winner of the presidential race, but he believed that both of the candidates understand the importance of China.

"I think they understand that China is a very important market in many different ways," he said.

The Hebdons went to a store of Beijing Jinggong Red Flag Factory to pick up a national flag of China. Scott said his little brother had a hobby of collecting the flags of countries around the world, and has already collected 52 of them. He planned to give his brother the Chinese national flag as a present for Thanksgiving.

"I've said for a long time and kept telling my friends that in 10 or 20 years, the United States and China will be much more closely allied and have a much closer friendship than what people may realize now," he added, "because we have lots of the same interests, especially economically. We may disagree politically, but economically we depend on each other. I think that will make our relationship much closer."