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Xi Jinping Begins U.S. Visit

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People's Daily, Sept. 23, 2015

"Xi Jinping begins U.S. visit" reads the front page of Chinese state-run People's DailyWednesday, together with a picture Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan waving upon their arrival in Seattle on Tuesday.

The Chinese president's seven-day visit, aimed at strengthening diplomatic and commercial ties with the U.S., comes amid bad news for the Chinese economy, with the manufacturing index falling to a six-year-low this week.

In a speech Tuesday night at a dinner with U.S. business leaders, Xi strove to reassure China's commercial partners, as he pledged to push ahead with economic reforms without resorting to competitive currency devaluation.

He also vowed to work with the United States in the fight against cybercrime, insisting that the Chinese government would never "engage in commercial theft or encourage or support such attempts by anyone," CNN reports.

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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

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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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