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Why we should share power: Expert

Updated: 2013-09-26
By Andrew Xing (chinadaily.com.cn)
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Defense expert Hugh White says the United States should co-operate with the Chinese and not try to confront them in their own Asia backyard.
The professor of strategic studies at the Australian National University in Canberra, talks to Andrew Moody, senior correspondent at China Daily, about his new book,
The China Choice: Why We Should Share Power.
White argues that President Obama’s so-called Asia pivot strategy of trying to reassert his country’s authority in Asia, after the setbacks of wars in the Middle East, is misguided.
He says the US should instead try and build a new alliance between the major Asian powers, including China, India and Japan, to guarantee stability for the region.
White, once an adviser to former Australian prime minister Bob Hawke, argues the model to follow might be the Treaty of Vienna in 1815, signed between the then main European powers, that led to almost a century of peace.
He insists, however, that both have to avoid a new Cold War stand off because it is not a game of military chess and the last time the world was actually lucky to avoid a catastrophic conflict.
White says that the China choice that America needs to make is one that means the end of aggressive rhetoric and instead the building of a new partnership that underpins world security.
He insists that America should not see China as having rival superpower aspirations since it sees itself as only a regional player, albeit one with increasing global economic interests.

Defense expert Hugh White says the United States should co-operate with the Chinese and not try to confront them in their own Asia backyard.

The professor of strategic studies at the Australian National University in Canberra, talks to Andrew Moody, senior correspondent at China Daily, about his new book,The China Choice: Why We Should Share Power.White argues that President Obama’s so-called Asia pivot strategy of trying to reassert his country’s authority in Asia, after the setbacks of wars in the Middle East, is misguided.

He says the US should instead try and build a new alliance between the major Asian powers, including China, India and Japan, to guarantee stability for the region.White, once an adviser to former Australian prime minister Bob Hawke, argues the model to follow might be the Treaty of Vienna in 1815, signed between the then main European powers, that led to almost a century of peace.He insists, however, that both have to avoid a new Cold War stand off because it is not a game of military chess and the last time the world was actually lucky to avoid a catastrophic conflict.

White says that the China choice that America needs to make is one that means the end of aggressive rhetoric and instead the building of a new partnership that underpins world security.

He insists that America should not see China as having rival superpower aspirations since it sees itself as only a regional player, albeit one with increasing global economic interests.

Video: Cong Ruiting

Production manager: Andrew Xing

Produced by: Flora Yue

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