U.S. says will take tough line with China if norms violated

11/11/2014

The United States will be "very clear" with China if it veers beyond the bounds of international norms on cybersecurity and other issues, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday ahead of a summit between the leaders of the two countries.

The comments by Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security advisor, come at a time when Beijing is increasingly assertive and has been pushing to establish new regional institutions that it aims to lead, including a multilateral security forum and an Asian infrastructure investment bank.
Cyber-spying, maritime disputes, and a wide range of other issues will come up, Rhodes said, when U.S. President Barack Obamasits down with Chinese President Xi Jinping for dinner on Tuesday evening and formal talks on Wednesday. Obama is in Beijing for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit and an official state visit to China.
"We welcome the desire in China that is clearly on display here at the summit, to play a role in the international community that is commensurate with its economic and political standing, and its standing as the world's most populous nation," Rhodes, one of Obama's top White House aides, told reporters.
"At the same time, we're going to be very clear when we believe that China's actions are actually pushing outside the boundaries of what we believe to be the necessary international norms that govern relations between nations and the ways in which we resolve disputes."
Obama arrived in China seeking to show renewed commitment to the U.S. strategic "pivot" toward Asia, widely seen as an effort to counter China's rising influence.
Scepticism remains among some Asian allies as to whether the United States can fully engage with the region at a time when it is preoccupied with global crises ranging from the fight against Islamic State, the spread of Ebola and the conflict in Ukraine.
At the same time, the thrashing Obama's Democrats took in last week's congressional elections may weaken his position.
But there are several areas of agreement between the two nations.
In what appears to be an early nod to China's concerns, Obama said in an interview to state news agency Xinhua that groups such as the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) should not be allowed to establish a safe haven in China's periphery.
China says ETIM is seeking to set up a separate state in Xinjiang province in the far west, home to the Muslim Uighur ethnic minority. Rights groups and Uighur exiles dispute the extent of the ETIM threat.
"There are specific areas where we could work together, for example in stemming the flow of foreign terrorist fighters and cracking down on terrorist funding networks," Obama was quoted as saying.
Rhodes said he expected Obama and Xi to also discuss the Islamic State movement although another U.S. official said Beijing is not expected to join the coalition fighting the ultra-radical militants.


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Hoàng Lân 11/11/14 19:28

“We’re being too soft on China”—such are the increasingly audible whispers of an ever mounting number of China’s neighbors and U.S. foreign policy experts.

Hùng Quân 11/11/14 19:29

China unilaterally asserts its rights and demands, doesn’t budge, wears everyone down, waits and waits until everyone shrugs and goes along.

Quốc Cường 11/11/14 19:30

Perhaps, Chinese leaders mistook his care as weakness. Perhaps they’ve seen this as weakness all along.

Huy Lâm 11/11/14 19:31

The Chinese do not shy from provocation and count on eventual foreign forbearance. It is time to parry this pattern and be willing to risk some dustups.

Phạm Hiếu 11/11/14 19:33

If Washington is to adopt a tougher stance toward Beijing, it needs a lot of methodical calculation.

Quốc Kiên 11/11/14 19:34

U.S. diplomats would have to ensure beforehand that Asian nations would follow suit, so that Washington did not string itself out alone.

Lê Tín 11/11/14 19:35

It’s not a stretch to assume that Chinese leaders took the U.S. response as caving in to their excessive demands.

Vân Nhàn 11/11/14 19:37

Asian nations certainly feel Beijing has been pushing them around, increasingly. That’s why they pressured the Obama team to “pivot” or “rebalance” its policy and resources from Europe and the Mideast to Asia and the Pacific, a course already favored by the Obama team.

Huy Quốc 11/11/14 19:38

To be sure, and at the same, Asian leaders worry about being too closely associated with a tougher U.S.

Quân Hoàng 11/11/14 20:12

So far, China has been doing the asserting in both the East and South China seas, resource rich areas, much to the dismay of the Philippines, Vietnam, South Korea, and Japan.

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