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To whom does Pacific Century belong?

By Ruan Zongze (People's Daily Overseas Edition)

16:08, December 20, 2011

Edited and Translated by People's Daily Online

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton published an article in the Foreign Policy magazine last month and then delivered a speech in the East-West Center claiming that the Pacific Century was the U.S. century.

She said the United States was standing at a pivot point. As the war in Iraq winds up, the Asian-Pacific region has gradually become the global strategic and economic center in the 21st century and will become the focus of U.S. diplomatic strategy.

The United States not only says like this but also does this way. President Obama has billed himself as 'Pacific President" since he took office and America the "permanent state" in the Asian-Pacific region.

The major reason for the scenario is that the Asian-Pacific region is the world's most dynamic economic region and the United States needs to share the dividends of economic growth in this region.

Most of the top 10 trading partners of the United States are in the Asian-Pacific region. It's hard to imagine how the United States can achieve its ambitious "multiplying exports" program when leaving the Asian-Pacific region.

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Observer at 2011-12-23180.190.255.*
Anti American rhetoric. What can you expect from a Newspaper controlled by the Government.
PD User at 2011-12-22175.139.237.*
China should avoid tailing behind US. That way won"t put China ahead. Its also dangerous. Just proceed to strengthen the creation of East Asia Community that was promoted by Asean. Get every Asean member to act on it, especially Indonesia. Create more networks involving all East Asians either internally or externally. For example Asean + 3 must have plenty action to bolster the creation of East Asian Community, then there must be forums for East Asia with the rest of Asia. China can give her backing to any East Asian leading East Asia"s negotiation with third parties. With about 13 to 15 countries, East Asia can run easily about 8 to 15 projects in one go. China can to speed up more intiatives both internally and externally.
Canada at 2011-12-2170.36.49.*
The Pacific Century belongs to the people living in the Asia-Pacific countries.
PD User at 2011-12-2160.53.52.*
T>his shows that the United States realized that pushiness probably not worth the candle and it had to consider and adapt to the new situation in the Asian-Pacific region<Silly statement. You can believe Hilary??? Why not believe in the tooth fairy?
PD User at 2011-12-2174.177.64.*
The pushiness is always about money/greed from the west. This is pushiness to the world. Can"t it ever be about a higher purpose? Well, not as long as USA illusion lives ""deepen relations with emerging countries including China", so as to expand investment "

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