Are US and Europe Threatened By The ‘Rising’ China?

Highlighting that China is going to grow in its power and it’s going to grow in its economic capacity, the United States of America today said there’s much more China and the United States and Europe could cooperate on.

In his remarks with European Commission President Manuel Barroso at meeting with European Commission Fellows, US Secretary of State John Kerry says both US and Europe want to reach out to China and other countries and bring them to the table, not push them away, and create alliances, not adversarial relationships.

In addition, President Manuel Barroso and Secretary Kerry have clarified that the partnership and friendship between Europe and United States is not against other partners.

EUUS summit at Brdo Castle near Kranj in 2008.

US-Europe’ vision of the world, is not a zero-sum game, they said.

Both US and Europe say that if two are doing something, it’s necessarily against the others which they completely disagree with like in the case of China.

What is the future of EU and U.S. cooperation to be with the rise of China and the geopolitical power shift from the West to the East?

According to Secretary Kerry, US and China are not yet allies, but certainly not adversaries or enemies.

He says US, Europe and China are partners in a lot of things, and we would like to be partners in more things.

“That was my message when I went to Beijing just a few days ago.” – Secretary Kerry

He notes that the new leadership of China is very interested in playing a different kind of role.

He says China is now talking about a new model of their relationship.

Hu Jintao with former US President George W. Bush in 2006.

“And they’re talking about really a different China in many ways.” – Secretary Kerry

US, Europe and China cooperate on global issues

Secretary Kerry says there’s much more China and the United States and Europe could cooperate on.

He says they could do more particularly they are cooperating, importantly, on something like Iran.

Despite some of the tug of war on certain issues between Russia and the United States recently, they would like to see more happening there too.

However, Russia, China, and the United States are all in agreement with respect to Iran’s nuclear program and considered as a critical cooperation.

US, Europe and China on economic cooperation

Secretary Kerry notes that one of the things they talked about in Beijing is how they could find more economic cooperation, how they could find more places to cooperate the way they are cooperating with Iran.

He notes China today is the single biggest investor in Africa. And 10 of the 15 fastest growing economies in the world are in Africa.

“So this is a world, as the President said, that is just changing dramatically every single day faster than anything.” – Secretary Kerry

US asserts that they have to work very carefully together to forge relationships with countries like China and others who are major players in this, in ways that respect their challenges, but try to adhere to the highest global standards of universal values and principles particularly in human rights, other things.

“So this kind of global cooperation, what the EU is doing, what the United States is working out with our friends and allies who share common values and aspirations, could not be more important.” – Secretary Kerry

China a rising power?

Secretary Kerry says China is now already a great power and it is going to grow in its power and it’s going to grow in its economic capacity.

He says China today is the number-two economy and it’s going to be the number one.

“We know that; everybody knows that simply because of the numbers of people.” – Secretary Kerry

China has 1.3 billion people and with it has enormous capacity to grow.

“They’re already where they are. It’s going to grow.” – Secretary Kerry

US-EU relations are rock solid

Both US and Europe have reaffirmed a stronger alliance in the 21st century.

In his visit to Belgium, Secretary Kerry and President Barroso discussed aboout economic cooperation. Both have exchanged views on many issues, starting with the economic situation; also trade, the very promising Transatlantic Trade and Investment Agreement.

They have discussed how both US and EU can make the move forward.

Both reaffirmed that TTI agreement it is good for Europe, for United States, but certainly also for the world economy, because Europe and U.S. are also key drivers for global stability.

In addition, Secretary Kerry and President Narroso also discussed Syria which they both said as a very disturbing conflict.

Both agreed to to find a way to get to a table and have a peaceful resolution as the first primary objective of how they resolve this challenge before it cascades downwards into greater numbers of refugees, greater destruction of the country.

Ultimately, both leaders are aware of the potential threat of chemical weapons falling into the hands of people who already know are intent on doing harm to countries in Europe and to the United States and other parts of the world.

US and China Collaborate on Denuclearization of Korean Peninsula

The United States of America and China have underscored a joint commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula in a peaceful manner.

In his recent visit to Beijing in China this week, US Secretary said denuclearization of the Korean peninsuls is critically important for the stability of the region, and indeed, for the world, and for all of their nonproliferation efforts.

“This is the goal of the United States, of China. Indeed, of the Six-Party Talk members, as declared in the 2005 September joint statement, and it is the central focus of our joint efforts from this moment forward.” – Secretary Kerry

Both countries are committed to taking actions in order to make good on that goal and both are determined to make that goal

a reality.

China and the United States must together take steps in order to achieve the goal of a denuclearized Korean peninsula, and today we agreed to have further discussions, to bear down very quickly with great specificity on exactly how they will accomplish this goal.

China committed to advancing the denuclearization process on the peninsula.

China’s position on the issue of the Korean peninsula is consistent and clear-cut.

China is firmly committed to upholding peace and stability and advancing the denuclearization process on the peninsula.

China maintains that the issue should be handled and resolved peacefully through dialogue and consultation.

To properly address the Korean nuclear issue serves the common interests of all parties and it is also the shared responsibility of all parties.

China has underlined that it will work with other relevant parties, including the United States in promoting the Six-Party Talks and balanced implementation of the goals set out in the September 19th joint statement of 2005.

China and the United States are confronted with a complex and volatile international situation. Thus, China believes it is necessary for the two sides to enhance dialogue, increase trust, expand cooperation, and manage differences.

Mina Fabulous
Mina Fabulous follows the news, especially what is going on in the US State Department. Mina turns State Department waffle into plain English. Mina Fabulous is the pen name of Carmen Avalino, the NewsBlaze production editor. When she isn't preparing stories for NewsBlaze writers, she writes stories, but to separate her editing and writing identities, she uses the name given by her family and friends.