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Huanqiu: U.S. versus China in an Asian NATO

Huanqiu published an analysis of China’s advantages and disadvantages in a pro-U.S. Asian NATO environment. The U.S. does not have direct disputes over territorial and offshore interests with Asian countries. China’s rapid rise has caused distrust and uneasiness among its Asian neighbors. The U.S. has maintained several military bases and, coupled with its close economic ties and ability to deliver resources to critical regions, every corner in Asia feels the presence of the United States. Notwithstanding the above, China has its advantages. First, due to its close proximity, no one in Asia can afford the consequences of antagonizing China. Second, China’s rapid economic growth will bring more benefits to Asian countries than the U.S. Third, the issues and solutions in China are similar to its Asian neighbors, which leads to better political communication.

Source: Huanqiu, August 11, 2010