Bush says US should not fear China's growth

09:23, April 09, 2010      

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Former US president George W. Bush said Thursday that Americans should not fear China's rise and should look for the opportunities presented by the growth of the world's most populous country.

"Some people say that we all worry about it -- the growth of China," Bush told a financial forum in Shanghai. "They look at China's growth and say: 'This is cause for worry'."

"I don't believe that. I view it as an opportunity. I view it as a chance to develop a win-win strategy," Bush said.

The former US leader was speaking at a time when relations between the two countries have been strained by arguments over the value of the Chinese yuan, U.S. weapon sales to Taiwan and others.

"I don't believe when you get in a relationship you have to give up your values. When I met with Chinese leaders I expressed my values. I believe a country that encourages freedom of religion is a country that is going to be a more peaceful country," Bush said.

By People's Daily Online

(Editor:赵晨雁)

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