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Clinton trip highlights weak points of US return to Asia (2)

By Liu Zongyi (Global Times)

08:11, July 17, 2012

As for most East Asian countries, they neither want to see instability caused by the US Asian strategy nor to choose sides between China and the US. All these suggest that the US is facing a dilemma.

Clinton's Asian tour mainly focused on promoting trade and economic relations, catering to some Asian countries' pleasure. Clinton visited Southeast Asian countries like Laos and Cambodia to enhance economic assistance to these countries. The US hopes to block the economic integration of East Asia and compete with China for economic influence. But if the US could really shift its competition focus with China from the political and military fields to the economic field, this would benefit the regional stability and prosperity in East Asia.

Enhancing economic and trade ties could be taken as an insightful strategic choice, but value diplomacy has been outdated. The empty remarks on democracy by Clinton and attacks on China's development model mirror the weak US economy and stranded politics. Realizing democracy needs certain conditions. However an undisputable fact is that many countries fell into chaos as the US imposed its democratic model on them.

Some countries become victim of populism after adopting the democratic system, like Mongolia, which is rich in natural resources while greatly lags behind economically.

Even Western developed countries are deeply mired in financial and economic crisis because social and economic reform cannot be promoted due to factionalism.

China's development model is not sound, but China is on the path of economic and social reform and development, which makes the China model more attractive against the backdrop of global economic crisis.

The US Asian strategy has its deficiencies and constraints from military, economic and ideological perspectives. More questions and doubts will be poured out on the sustainability of the US "back to Asia" strategy.

China advocates establishing a new type of relationship between China and the US in which the overall pattern cannot be influenced by specific problems. Clinton also stated that the US is willing to have constructive relations with China in a meeting with China's Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi in Phnom Penh, Cambodia recently. Avoiding conflicts is the first step. The Sino-US relationship should develop based on mutual respect, mutual promotion, and peaceful competition.

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