Today, May 29th, we visited the U.S consulate in Shanghai. There were two speakers from the consulate who explained their job and responsibilities. Consulates and embassies are the representatives of a country in a diplomatic bilateral relationship. Just like any relationship, it can be complicated, healthy, falling apart, and liable to change in any minute.
Just 35 years ago, the United States and China did not have any sort of diplomatic relationship. It was complicated due to the communist vs. capitalist struggles that existed. Today, however, both countries work together in everything from international crime, business and trade, and environmental controls.
This bilateral diplomatic relationship is the most important one in the world. If it goes the right way, the planet will benefit as a whole. So far its been going the right direction from the developments that are occurring.
There are a lot of misconceptions about the Chinese by US citizens, and vise versa. One of the areas the representatives have been working on to address these issues are the people to people relationships. So far, the US had reached its targeted goal of exchanging 100,000 students with China, and many Chinese students aspire to study in the US after graduating high school. Focusing on education can help build a bridge between the two different cultures.
Bridges have also been built with business and trading between the two countries. China has facilitated and revived many dying American businesses by incorporating in China. On the other hand, the huge Chinese investments in American stocks and bonds are worthy for the US economy. The U.S, in turn, offers more employment and business prosperity in China to insure a mutual economic development.
At the end of the day, the US and China need each other. If the diplomatic relation turns wrong, the whole world will face the consequences. The goal of the embassies and consulates is to maintain a healthy bilateral relationship. They do so by pursuing a peaceful rise that benefits everyone, and fix the disagreements that occur during the process.
The relationship is not a perfect one, but it doesn’t hurt if it is made to be. In the previous post, I mentioned the Chinese manufacturing habits. Apparently these habits have caused the rise of many intellectual property issues and concerns on the American end. Along with the other human rights and energy use concerns, it is the job of those embassies and consulates to address the issues. Working to get the culture, education, and business interconnected is the best approach to promote and strengthen this bilateral diplomatic relationship.