Obama: Prosperous China a source of prosperity for all nations

People’s Daily Online
English Language Version
November 14, 2009

U.S. President Barack Obama said in Tokyo Saturday that a strong and prosperous China can be a source of strength for all nations and the United States does not want to contain China.

“No one nation can meet the challenges of the 21st century on its own. We welcome China’s appearance on the world stage,” the president said while delivering his Asian policy speech in Tokyo.

“The U.S. does not seek to contain China… the rise of a strong and prosperous China can be a source of strength for the community of nations,” said Obama.

The U.S. president did say his country will deal with China with its own interests in mind, but it is precisely for this reason that it is important to cooperate with China on issues of common concern, as “the United States and China will both be better off if we meet them (the challenges of 21st century) together.” …

…”As America’s first Pacific president, I promise you that this pacific nation will strengthen and sustain our leadership in this part of the world,” said Obama, referring to the future role he hopes the United States will play in the region.

Obama’s speech was met with rapturous applause from a large audience of Japanese and Americans who had come to hear the leader speak shortly before he headed off to Singapore for a summit of ASEAN nations to be held in Singapore.

On regional issues, the president said he had a message for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK): “We will not be cowed by threats.” He also offered to support the country if it “returned to the six-party talks and to nuclear nonproliferation.” …

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