Washington: A top Obama Administration
official has said that the US would not hesitate to join hands with other countries in collectively addressing certain Chinese action.
The official, however, refuted reports that the United
States is lining up countries against China and this is the
main purpose of the Asia trip of Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton beginning today.
A variety of countries including the US "have issues
with certain Chinese action", the official said on condition
of anonymity adding that the "US will not hesitate" to address
the concerns that they have.
"We are not trying to line up a block of countries
against China. We are seriously engaged with China. That is
why we have the (Chinese) State visit is coming up. But we
will consult with the countries on shared issues ranging from
South China Sea to non-proliferation to security issues to
Burma. It is in the context of our significant engagement
across Asia," the official said.
"The Secretary is not going to the region because of
China, she is going to the region to engage China but also to
engage other countries in the region, because we have shared
interest in Asia," the official said.
"Our relationship with China is complex, our
relationship with China is important. I suspect other
countries feel the same way. But this is not about China, this
is about our broad engagement in Asia. And we will work with
China when we can and we will not hesitate to take issue with
China when our interests demand," the official said.