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Xi Jinping, A Stars-And-Stripes Front Page In China

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Renmin Ribao, June 7, 2016

Tuesday's front page of the Chinese state-run daily Renmin Ribaofeatures President Xi Jinping in front of American and Chinese flags as he spoke at China-U.S. bilateral talks in Beijing.

The 8th round of China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Development and the 7th round of China-U.S. Cultural Exchanges and High Level Consultations began on Monday in the Chinese capital. During the ceremony, Xi insisted on the fact that the two nations "should stick to the ­principles of no conflict or confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation."

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and US Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew were also present to discuss economic issues and territorial disputes over the South China Sea. The talks will also focus on North Korea, after an envoy from Pyongyang visited Beijing last week to insist that it would continue with its nuclear program.

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Utter Pessimism, What Israelis And Palestinians Share In Common

Right now, according to a joint survey of Israelis and Palestinians, hopes for a peaceful solution of coexistence simply don't exist. The recent spate of violence is confirmation of the deepest kind of pessimism on both sides for any solution other than domination of the other.

An old Palestinian protester waves Palestinian flag while he confronts the Israeli soldiers during the demonstration against Israeli settlements in the village of Beit Dajan near the West Bank city of Nablus.

A Palestinian protester confronts Israeli soldiers during the demonstration against Israeli settlements in the West Bank village of Beit Dajan on Jan. 6.

Pierre Haski

-Analysis-

PARIS — Just before the latest outbreak of violence between Israelis and Palestinians, a survey of public opinion among the two peoples provided a key to understanding the current situation unfolding before our eyes.

It was a joint study, entitled "Palestinian-Israeli Pulse", carried out by two research centers, one Israeli, the other Palestinian, which for years have been regularly asking the same questions to both sides.

The result is disastrous: not only is the support for the two-state solution — Israel and Palestine side by side — at its lowest point in two decades, but there is now a significant share of opinion on both sides that favors a "non-democratic" solution, i.e., a single state controlled by either the Israelis or Palestinians.

This captures the absolute sense of pessimism commonly felt regarding the chances of the two-state option ever being realized, which currently appears to be our grim reality today. But the results are also an expression of the growing acceptance on both sides that it is inconceivable for either state to live without dominating the other — and therefore impossible to live in peace.

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