US must 'get used to China's rise'
Washington's engagement in territorial issues 'complicates problems' Chinese and Western observers seemed to reach a consensus on Wednesday over President Xi Jinping's proposal to establish a new framework for security cooperation in Asia, and he also sent a veiled warning to Washington. "To beef up a military alliance targeting a third party is not conducive to
regional common security," Xi said without mentioning the United States when delivering a keynote speech at a regional security forum in Shanghai on Wednesday.
Provocation and escalation of tensions for selfish interests should be opposed, he told participants at the fourth Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia, including representatives from Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam.
Ruan Zongze, vice-president of the China Institute of International Studies, said the alliance, a product of the Cold War, deepened divisions in Asia while weakening regional willingness for economic cooperation.
"Many countries tend to give up diplomatic efforts as they believe they can just rely on such an alliance to bolster their illegal claims over territory and sea," Ruan said.
Xi spoke against a zero-sum, Cold War concept of security, saying "no country should attempt to dominate regional security affairs or infringe upon the legitimate rights and interests of other countries".
Security problems in Asia should eventually be solved by Asians themselves, he said, reiterating China's stance to resolve disputes peacefully and to oppose the arbitrary use of force or threats.
Jia Xiudong, a senior researcher on international affairs at the China Institute of International Studies, said, "A US role in Asia is not unthinkable for China, and its constructive role is very welcome in some multilateral problems." "But it's a pity that what Washington is doing now is far from being
constructive," Jia added.
Pang said the US has to accept the fact that China is developing in an age of global transformation, but China is not building another alliance to target any third party.