New York: A day after the United States released a defence review shifting focus to the Asia-Pacific, China’s state media on Friday warned Washington against "flexing its muscles".
In a commentary, official news agency Xinhua welcomed a peaceful US role in the region but warned Washington against acting like a "bull in a china shop”.
"The US role, if fulfilled with a positive attitude and free from a Cold War-style zero-sum mentality, will not only be conducive to regional stability and prosperity, but be good for China, which needs a peaceful environment to continue its economic development," the Xinhua editorial said.
The editorial warned that any US militarism could generate ill will and "endanger peace".
On Thursday, US President Barack Obama and top defense officials unveiled a new US defense strategy that focuses on the Asia-Pacific region.
Later, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that the country is facing challenges from rising powers in Asia - China in particular and also includes India - in 21st century.
"We have got the challenges of dealing with rising powers in Asia. We have got the challenge of, you know, dealing with countries like Russia, rising countries that - like India and others. “
"All of that represents the kind of challenges that we are going to have to deal with in this world of the 21st century," Panetta told PBS News Hour in an interview.