`US played substantial role in rise of China`

A senior official said the US contributed majorly in China`s economic growth by opening up American market for Chinese products.

Updated: Nov 11, 2011, 22:13 PM IST

Washington: The US has played a substantial role in China`s rise by not only providing a favourable security environment in the region but also contributing majorly in its economic growth by opening up American market for Chinese products, a senior official has said.

"If you look at the last 40 years or so, this has been a remarkable period for China, and its growth is largely due to the hard work and determination of its people. But the truth is that the United States has played a substantial role in that arrival on the global stage," a Senior State Department official told reporters in Honolulu, Hawaii.

"We have provided...we have underwritten, ... of security in the Asia Pacific region that has allowed for the peace that China has been able to use to its best advantage," the official said speaking on condition of anonymity.

"We have kept American markets open. We are the primary destination for much of what China produces. We have been intrepid and completely committed to working with China in a whole host of multilateral institutions."

He said it`s been the United States that has supported China`s arrival in the G20.

"We work closely with them in a variety of institutions," the official argued.

"And so we believe that the message on the part of the United States is clear that we welcome China`s role in Asia. He said the US recognises that there are issues that "we will have to work hard on and that there will be many issues that we will disagree on occasionally”.

"But overall, I think Chinese interlocutors recognise the intensity of our approach and the dexterity of our overall moves in the region as a whole," said the US official.

Earlier, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met her Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi on the sidelines of the APEC summit, during which she raised the issue of human rights violations in China, the official said.

"This was nearly her tenth meeting with Foreign Minister Yang. In those sessions, we underscored our determination to make progress on a range of economic issues, underscoring that it is important for us to be able to deliver a clear message to our people in the United States that this relationship is working for them," the official said.

"I think we made very clear the areas that we`d like to see progress on, ranging from macroeconomic policy to issues associated to international property rights and also questions related to the treatment of human rights inside China. So a whole set of discussions around our bilateral issues," the
official said.