Hillary says no `new Cold War` in Asia

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 12:36

Washington: Asserting that the US is not
seeking to act in conflict with a rising China, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said her country is preparing for new security challenges not a Cold War in the Asia.

Denying that the US wanted to halt China`s rise as an
emerging power, Clinton said just as the US is not losing old
friends, it is not seeking new enemies.

"Today`s China is not the Soviet Union. We are not on the
brink of a new Cold War in Asia," Clinton said.

"Geopolitics today cannot afford to be a zero-sum game.
A thriving China is good for America and a thriving America is
good for China, so long as we both thrive in a way that
contributes to the regional and global good."

"Let me go one step further. We will only succeed in
building a peaceful, prosperous Asia Pacific if we succeed in
building an effective US-China relationship," Clinton said
said delivering the Forrestal Lecture at the Naval Academy in
Annapolis, Maryland.

Clinton said some emerging powers in Asia are acting as
selective stakeholders, which she cautioned would not be
beneficial to them in the long run.

"Some of today`s emerging powers in Asia and elsewhere
act as selective stakeholders, picking and choosing when to
participate constructively and when to stand apart from the
international system," said Clinton.

"While that may suit their interests in the short term,
it will ultimately render the system that has helped them get
to where they are today unworkable. That would end up
impoverishing everyone," she said.

Clinton said they need to work together to adapt and update them and even to create new institutions where necessary.

But there are principles that are universal and that must
be defended: fundamental freedoms and human dignity; an open,
free, transparent, and fair economic system; the peaceful
resolution of disputes; and respect for the territorial
integrity of states, she noted.

Clinton said that rising Asian powers -- naming China,
India and Indonesia -- have been able to prosper thanks to an
international system supported by the United States.

"These are norms that benefit everyone and that help all
people and nations live and trade in peace. The international
system based on these principles helped fuel, not foil, the
rise of China and other emerging powers such as India and
Indonesia. Those nations have benefited from the security it
provides, the markets it opens, and the trust it fosters,"
Clinton said.

"And as a consequence, they have a real stake in the
success of that system. And as their power grows and their
ability to contribute increases, the world`s expectations of
them will rise as well," she said.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 12:36

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