Tuesday, October 29, 2013
CSIS Panel Sees China As Holding Key To Future Asian Stability
TOKYO (Nikkei)--The rise of China has not led to consistency and predictability for geopolitics in East Asia, panelists said Tuesday at a symposium in Tokyo sponsored by Nikkei Inc. and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
- Kurt Campbell
"China has the biggest responsibility to reassure its neighbors about its intentions," said former Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg.
Despite its economic rise, China's lack of democratic reform and its territorial claims have led to concerns about its future plans, panelists said.
- Richard Armitage
"We are seeking," said Kurt Campbell, former U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, "to engage China in a 21st century conversation on how to sustain and build on the system that has brought us peace and prosperity over the last 20 or 30 years. That conversation is challenging but critical."
He said some Chinese diplomats seemed more concerned with having conversations on absolute claims and sovereignty that belonged in the 19th century.
Richard Armitage, former U.S. deputy secretary of state, said China's attitude as its strength grows is a concern for many diplomats in the region.
"The underlying question is whether China will be as benign as the U.S. has been in Asia," he said.