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US Returning to Asia: Protection of Its Economic Interests

The United States concerns in Asia center around its protecting its economic interests. An International Herald Leader article states that recent moves by the U.S. in Asia, including Obama’s visits, show that the core of U.S. policy in Asia is to protect its significant economic benefits and to maintain a political and economic order conducive to the U.S., “rather than to contain and prevail over China similar to its main goal during the Cold War, which was to contain the Soviet Union.” “Therefore, it is rather radical to equate the United States making friends in Asia with making enemies for China. The aim of US diplomacy in Asia is first to fight for its own interests, and then to guard against China.”

Source: International Herald Leader, November 16, 2009