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12 Jul, 2012

China: Negative Influence of US’ Asia Strategy Must Be Eliminated

Zhong Sheng, People's Daily Online Commentary

Beijing, July 11, 2012 – In recent years, cooperation among East Asian countries has maintained a flourishing momentum. The peace, stability and development are common wishes of countries of the region. One major purpose for the economically-gloomy United States to declare its “returning to the Asia-Pacific Region” strategy in this period is to share the economic prosperity of East Asia and bring along its export and employments.

A “wise returning” of the United States is of course good for promoting the regional economic cooperation and accords with East Asian countries’ wish. However, will the United States’ “returning to the Asia-Pacific Region” strategy be successfully implemented? The answer depends on whether the United States is willing invest more in the region according to cooperation and development requirements of the region.

Washington has chosen a “military deployment first” strategy. Its “re-balance of the Asia Pacific” strategy aimed at strengthening its status in East Asia, its “air-sea battle” concept with the Cold War significance, its action of deploying more troops in Australia and the joint military drill of 22 countries in the Pacific Rim are making people wonder what the real goal of the United States’ strategy of “returning to the Asia Pacific Region” is.

The United States actually knows the internal contradiction of its “returning to the Asia-Pacific Region” strategy. On the one hand, it wants to hold down the rise of China, and on the other hand, it wants to share the economic prosperity of Asia, trying to realize its maximum benefit with a tiny investment. However, it probably will not succeed. The United States seems to have realized the seriousness of the issue. Washington recently expressed that Hillary Clinton will stress the importance of a stable China-U.S. relationship to ASEAN countries while attending a series of conferences of ministers of the ASEAN Regional Forum.

Actions speak louder than words. Next, the United States should take a practical and specific step to participate in economic cooperation of East Asia and play a positive role in deepening the regional cooperation. Meanwhile, it should also show to East Asian countries its true sincerity of developing and stabilizing its relations with China.

It accords with common interests of the two countries and other countries of the Asia-Pacific Region that China and the United States strengthen their communication and exchanges and carry out cooperation and virtuous interactions. The rise of China does not mean the downfall of the United States. The two sides of the broad Pacific are wide enough to hold two large countries of China and the United States.

China welcomes the United States to play a constructive role for the peace, stability and prosperity of the region, and also hopes the United States to respect and consider vital interests and reasonable concerns of countries of the region. Only if the United States adjusts its state of mind and gives up the “zero-sum” concept can its “returning to the Asia-Pacific Region” strategy be widely accepted.