US looking at Chinese role in Asia Pacific: Pentagon
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 20:32
Washington: The US is closely looking at the increasing Chinese role in Asia Pacific as the region is crucial for it and its allies for trade, a top Pentagon official has said.

"I think we are looking at China. We're looking at -- and its role in the -- in the Asian area, Asian Pacific in particular," Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen James Cartwright, told reporters at Pentagon.

"We are looking not as part of this activity so much as part of other activities about our relationships in the Pacific, about our basing constructs, our posture and trying to make sure that we are aligned to keep our interests viable and our access to the region for trade, for commerce, etc, on a footing that is competitive and allows both us and our allies to continue to use the lines of communication that are available out there and have free access to them," he said.

The General said there are challenges as the competition for resources that lie on the ocean bed and underneath is pursued.

"Those are all going to be issues that are coming both now and in the future and that we want to be well postured to at least ensure free access under international norms as they currently exist," he said in response to a question.


First Published: Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 20:32

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