Besieging China is unfortunate move: Malaysian think tank

16:50, November 29, 2010      

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Any intention to besiege China is considered unnecessary and unfortunate, as the rise of China can be much better managed in other ways.

Mohamed Jawhar Hassan, chairman of Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia, made the remarks here in a recent interview with Xinhua.

"As far as the U.S. is concerned, it is militarily far more able than China, and would continue to be so in a foreseeable future, despite significant military expenses in China and substantial improvement in its capacity," said Jawhar.

Jawhar stressed the U.S. has defense treaties with many countries not only in this region but all over the world.

"The U.S. and its allies are already in an extremely superior position, which is not being threatened by China at all," said Jawhar, adding that there was no need for the U.S. to strengthen the position further.

Jawhar said that it is more appropriate to term the rise of China as the return of China since China had once been the number one power in the world for a long time.

Jawhar said that China refrained from using military force to deal with territorial disputes in the region.

"When China rises, it never uses military power to intimidate and dominate us. China also complies strictly with international laws and norms.

"China has done an excellent job," said Jawhar.

However, Jawhar called for China and its neighboring countries to manage the disputes amicably through diplomacy channels, and abide by the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea.

"You cannot stop the rise of China. You cannot stop China from spending more on military expenses. China has every legitimate right to do so and we should all accept and accommodate that," said Jawhar.

The U.S. and its strategic partners such as Australia and Japan are actively engaging countries in the South East Asian region, seen as efforts to encircle China.

Jawhar said should that be the case, it would create a lot of problems for China, and countries intending to besiege China. At the end of the day, there would be no winners.

Instead of forming allies against one particular country, Jawhar proposed that China, the U.S., Japan, Australia, India and ASEAN countries boost security and defense cooperation.

While holding more joint military exercises, Jawhar said the countries could also expand inclusive security arrangements.

ISIS is a Malaysian think-tank established in 1983, engaging in objective and independent policy research in the fields of defense, security, foreign affairs, nation building, as well as national and international economic affairs.

Source: Xinhua


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