Chinese papers expect frank talks as a high-level delegation visits the US to iron out trade differences, the most pressing of which for Washington is its escalating trade deficit with China.
Commentators see China entering the negotiations at a disadvantage and urge the delegation to stick to its bottom line and not offer any concessions.
Others advise a more creative approach, such as getting civic groups involved, to block US protectionist moves.
SONG GUOYOU IN BEIJING'S XIN JING BAO
The clear differences in expectations on both sides mean that this dialogue will not go smoothly... China will need wisdom. While maintaining positive interaction with the United States, it must skilfully resolve some of the concerns of the United States, and prevent structural adjustments in US economic and trade policies towards China.
HONG KONG'S SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST
Beijing should take a broader, more creative approach in wooing the US. There is plenty of room for manoeuvre over the questionable enforcement of intellectual property rights... Allowing foreign firms to enter its brokerage industry is another carrot to the US that could also help the mainland's market development.
NIU XINCHUN IN BEIJING'S CHINA DAILY
The US is restricted by its own trade policy towards China. The US, as the global leader in science and technology, should relax its control of high-tech exports to China. Reversing the United States' dwindling share in China's high-tech market would constitute an effective way to reduce US trade deficits with China.
UNSIGNED COMMENTARY IN BEIJING'S CHINA DAILY
The US must understand that the real cause of its trade deficit is that Americans spend too much and save too little. No external measure can fix that domestic issue easily and painlessly.
PAN RUI IN SHANGHAI'S JIEFANG RIBAO
Major problems cannot be resolved in a short period of time or through one or two dialogue sessions. The significance of the Sino-US strategic economic dialogue lies in promoting understanding, strengthening communication, enhancing trust and dispelling doubts.
UNSIGNED COMMENTARY IN SHANGHAI'S DIYI CAIJING RIBAO
On major issues involving national security or economic sovereignty, such as the renminbi exchange rate mechanism, we should adhere to a bottom line... We can refer to, but cannot blindly follow any voice, demand or pressure from outside China.
HONG KONG'S TA KUNG PAO
Only fists can wake up hegemonists. Whenever there is trade friction between the two countries, what puts China at a disadvantage is that only the government is involved, while the United States can mobilize Congress and civic organizations, especially trade unions and trade associations, to exert pressure on the sidelines. Looking at the long term, the Chinese authorities should adopt an open policy to safeguard its rights, allow the National People's Congress and civic groups to get involved more, and use a "people's war" to oppose economic hegemony.
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