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Ulterior motives lie behind 'Asia-minus-one' concept

By Wang Yusheng (Beijing Daily)

16:22, September 27, 2011

Edited and Translated by People's Daily Online

Some international media agencies are playing up the concept of "Asia-minus-one," claiming that an "invisible alliance" involving the United States is coming into being around China to prevent "invasions" from China.

Two concepts of "Asia-minus-one" and "invisible alliance" are seemingly new, yet they are only "variants" of the stereotyped "Asian NATO" concept in a new situation.

However, the emergence of the two concepts is not accidental. Each party concerned has its own "intentions."

In terms of the United States, first, it aims to create a "macro scenario" that "the United States cannot leave," showing its strategy of "not being the second largest power in Asia". Second, it attempts to strengthen its control over its allies, such as Japan and the Republic of Korea, and stop them from deviating from the alliance. Third, the United States wants to keep the ASEAN from establishing too close ties with China, while marginalizing it. Fourth, it has indirectly provided small countries around China with moderate support or tacit consent to compete for rights and interests or clash with China.

The United States has adopted various means to play up the "China threat theory" and stir up the trouble. For instance, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged India during her recent visit to the country to not only "look east," but also make more efforts to develop its leadership in the Asia-Pacific region.

Japan is not willing to see that China exceeds it in terms of GDP and is also worried about the co-dominance of China and the United States in the Asia-Pacific region. Moreover, Japan's right wing continues to advocate the Cold War ideology, tries to create a certain "peace and prosperity sphere" to counter China and even preach Japan's cooperation with ASEAN to contain the China's alleged "maritime invasion." Therefore, Japan coordinates with the United States for forming a "covert alliance" in order to advance its status and weaken China.

Vietnam, the Philippines and other countries also want to become stronger with the help of the United Stated in order to contain China and get more leverage to bargain with China.

Such thinking of these countries is understandable, but basically, this is only their own wishful thinking and not practical.

Although the United States is powerful, it understands that it is no longer the super power as before and that it cannot persist in its old ways and do anything it wants.

The United States adopts a "two-way" strategy to China because it also needs China's cooperation and support. With Chinese president Hu Jintao's visit to the United States, the new orientation of the bilateral relationship (mutual respect, cooperation and win-win partnership) and the establishment of an Asia-Pacific affairs consultation mechanism, the United States should adjust and control its policies and behaviors if it can realize the reality and wants to keep its promises. The United States should make more efforts on the positive side, not inversely.

More importantly, China follows a path of peaceful development, adheres to an independent diplomatic policy and seeks friendly relations with neighboring countries. Chinese leaders have made great achievements in creating a harmonious neighborhood in recent years thanks to the country's rising comprehensive national strength.

China, which takes a firm stand on the protection of its rights and interests, has been rather self-restrained and pragmatic in this respect and has been hoping to resolve disputes with certain countries through friendly talks and other peaceful means.

If relevant countries consider it to be China's weakness or perceive it as fear of the United State, and hope to take on China by joining the "invisible alliance," they would be misreading the situation and misjudging China's position and policies. Their risky actions would not only damage the peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region but also harm their own fundamental interests.


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Ur Septim at 2011-09-2998.195.141.*
@PD, right on! The Chinese need not to forget who helped them achieved what the have now. You guys can say anything you want about America, but at the end of the day China still need to sell its products to Americans.
PD User at 2011-09-28206.174.103.*
What kind of remark is that? We, the USA have helped China achieve financial success. Don't look a gift horse in the mouth. China steals our technology, Chinese want to be like Americans, China copies the USA.Hey, we don't have to buy "Made in China". See how a USA boycott would cripple China. Watch who you condemn.
fu_manchu at 2011-09-2877.247.181.*
Asian countries in general are be manipulated and led by their nose by the extreme right wing interests in the U.S.. Rest assure the interests of these right wingers are not the same as the interests of developing and developed countries in Asia. The question is - How many of the leaders in Asia will sell out their country men such as has happened in Egypt and Tunisia, and God know how many more countries! Democracy is the greatest weapons against these American right wingers. The people should ensure their leaders are elected by them, not by America or bought by America. In essence, ensure no leaders of any Asian country a puppet installed by Washington. China is independent and Washington has little sway over its leaders. Hence Washington’s dissatisfaction with the status quo. Its goal to ensure the reverse. Beijing should learn to be stronger and more proactive, and not passive and pacific to the extreme. It should learn to rebut and respond more robustly. Unfortunately until China a bunch of more articulate and more courageous and men with greater intellectual capacity, it looks like we Chinese will have the shorter end of the stick for a while.
Edmad at 2011-09-27218.186.8.*
Let all these anti-China nations busy themselves trying to counter China rise. The chinese should just concentrate on its economic objectives, and try to match or better still surpass them in science and technology. Once that level is achieved, China can drastically affect their economic well-being and concerns. This is the position that China must aim for.
wende at 2011-09-2771.251.47.*
Sometimes friendly persuasions are not heeded. In which case a spanking is necessary.

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