Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Obama Stresses Administration Not Trying to 'Contain' China

Obama went out of his way Tuesday to deny his administration is working to “contain” China, with its growing economic and military power in Asia and around the world.

The Chinese are suspicious of the president’s Asia trip, which does not include a visit to China. It does, however, include every major economic and strategic competitor to China in the region: India, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan, all of which are Asian democracies.

Many analysts believe containment, or something close to it, is the administration’s long-term strategy. Containment was a U.S. foreign policy tool born in the Cold War, when the U.S. recruited allies in Europe and elsewhere to check the power of the Soviet Union.