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U.S. should share power with China in Asia Pacific: Australian strategist


17:01, August 16, 2012

CANBERRA, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- The United States should treat China as equals and Australia's relations with the two powers will affect its future economy and security,Hugh White, a renowned Australian strategist said in a recent interview with Xinhua.

White, who is also a professor at the Australian National University, has been the focus of a heated debate since his new book "The China Choice" was launched last week. While people's views on his book may differ, they agreed it raised an important issue.

White told Xinhua on Wednesday that the economic transformation of China is one of the most remarkable events in global affairs for one or two centuries that marks a fundamental redistribution of power in the region.

He argued in the book that the United States has three choices: it can compete, share power or concede leadership. The best option he suggested is America sharing power with China and relinquishing its supremacy.

"My view is that the U.S and China should be willing to share power and treat one another as equals. So China will play a bigger role in Asia, the United States will play a smaller role in Asia, but they both remain very significant players."

"I do think the United States has a very significant role to play in Asia Pacific security. I think the U.S. role in Asia has contributed to stability in the western Pacific in the past, particularly in the 40 years since the end of the Vietnam war."
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