US remains unmatched, says Chinese official

Cautioning that China waded into deep waters to deal with domestic and international crisis, a top Chinese official said the US with it "unmatched" military and technological prowess may bounce back more powerful from crisis.

Last Updated: Jan 01, 2011, 21:12 PM IST

Beijing: Cautioning that China waded into
deep waters to deal with domestic and international crisis, a
top Chinese official said the US with it "unmatched" military
and technological prowess may bounce back more powerful from
present economic crisis.

"China is in a period of opportunities for
development, but it also one of striking contradictions.
China`s diplomacy is also gradually wading into the deep
water," said Le Yucheng, Director-General of the Policy
Planning Department of China`s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
"How to deal with a variety of predictable and
unpredictable crises and challenges, how to coordinate its
domestic and international situations and how to handle the
relationships between safeguarding rights and keeping
stability are new missions are the challenges for (Chinese)
diplomatic work to face," he said in an interview.

"As a large developing country with a population of
1.3 billion, China is developing fast and in an imbalanced
way. China is the only country among the world`s large main
countries that has not yet realised unification. These
features mean the road to China`s rise will be more
complicated and more winding," he was quoted as saying by the
People`s Daily.

China regards Taiwan as part of main land and insists
on all countries to abide by "One China" policy.

Significantly, Le rates the chances of US recovering
from the present economic crisis to retain its position as
sole superpower high.

"The Unites States, after all, accounts for one-fourth
of the world economy and its capability in military,technology
and innovation remains unmatched by any state. In particular,
we cannot underestimate America`s self-adjustment and
restoring capacities. US has suffered crises many times, but
it overcame them and became more powerful," he said replying
to a question over speculation over America`s decline.

He also down played the theory of shifting power
balance in view of China`s rise.
"Whether from the country`s overall strength, military
capacity, impact on the international system or quality of
economic and social development, China is far behind many
developed countries, let alone the US," he said.

"China might rank second by GDP, but it still ranks
behind 100th place in terms of per capita GDP, and there is a
population of 150 million living in poverty based on UN
standards. In addition, China does not have aircraft carriers.
So we must have a clear understanding of our position," he
said.

China, he said, "just wants" more equality and more
mutual respect in its relations with US.

"Many Americans still regard China as an object to
suppress and transform and do everything possible to make the
Chinese follow the American road and dream the American
dream," Le said.

Historically China followed its own path of
development and "there is no possibility that it will copy the
American model of development", he said.

Apparently ruling out any change in the tight control
exerted by ruling Communist Party of China on the country`s
power structure, Le said that in this perspective Beijing
attaches great importance to this month`s visit of Chinese
President Hu Jintao to Washington.

"It will be an important visit in a key period and
will point out direction to the development of the bilateral
ties. Both sides should strengthen communication and
cooperation to ensure the success of this visit so that
Sino-US ties will develop soundly and healthily at a higher
level and benefit peoples of both countries and the rest of
the world," he said.

PTI