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China warns against US military focus

2012-02-13 12:02

Washington - China's likely next leader Xi Jinping warned the United States against plans to boost its military strength in Asia as he prepared for a closely watched visit to Washington starting on Monday.

China's vice president, who is tipped to rule the rising Asian power until 2023, called on the United States to prioritise economic growth and promised anew that Beijing would address foreign concerns about its currency's value.

In a written interview with The Washington Post, Xi said that the Pacific Ocean had "ample space" for both China and the United States but insisted that Asian countries were concerned foremost with "economic prosperity".

"At a time when people long for peace, stability and development, to deliberately give prominence to the military security agenda, scale up military deployment and strengthen military alliances is not really what most countries in the region hope to see," Xi said.

"We welcome a constructive role by the United States in promoting peace, stability and prosperity in the region. We also hope that the United States will fully respect and accommodate the major interests and legitimate concerns of Asia-Pacific countries," he said.

US President Barack Obama, while seeking to trim vast military spending in response to budget pressure, has vowed to boost power in Asia where a number of nations have voiced concern at what they charge is a more assertive China.

Personal bonds

The United States has moved in recent months to send troops to Australia and the Philippines. It has also sought to increase military ties with Vietnam and Singapore, while maintaining longstanding bases in Japan and South Korea.

The Obama administration has nonetheless tried to build personal bonds with Xi in hopes of future co-operation. China starts its power transition later this year, with Xi widely expected to succeed President Hu Jintao in 2013.

Xi arrives on Monday and will enjoy a welcome on Tuesday at the White House, including a meeting with Obama. He will also stop at the Pentagon for talks billed by US officials as significant in building military trust.

Xi will also visit Iowa - where he paid a formative first visit to the United States in 1985 as a low-ranking official - and Los Angeles.

Comments
  • Fidel - 2012-02-13 12:34

    The free-market fundamentalist don't believe in the free-market when markets move in the opposite direction. China's influence has grown in the Asian and Pacific area. The Yanks see it as a military threat rather than a normal process of trade. Refer to everything as weapons, and use the language of war to describe trade. "In the year 1900, Chauncey DePew, now a US Senator, spoke again in Carnegie Hall, this time to support Theodore Roosevelt’s candidacy for vice president. Celebrating the conquest of the Philippines as a beginning of the American penetration of China and more, he proclaimed: “The guns of Dewey in Manila Bay were heard across Asia and Africa , they echoed through the palace at Peking and brought to the Oriental mind a new and potent force among western nations. We, in common with the countries of Europe, are striving to enter the limitless markets of the east.... These people respect nothing but power. I believe the Philippines will be enormous markets and sources of wealth.” An Army officer in the Philippines put it even more bluntly: “There is no use mincing words.... We exterminated the American Indians and I guess most of us are proud of it...and we must have no scruples about exterminating this other race standing in the way of progress and enlightenment, if it is necessary...” Source: Your are being lied to!

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