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China's rise has enormous implications for US: Campbell

June 13, 2009

Lalit K Jha

 

Washington, June 11 (PTI) Obama's top diplomatic nominee for East Asia said that the rise of China has enormous implications for the United States. And as the Obama Administration plans to engage China on a host of economic and diplomatic issues, human rights and Tibet would continue to remain a subject of concern, he said.

 

"China's rise has enormous implications for the United States but more directly and more urgently, in the short term, for Japan," said Kurt Campbell, Obama nominee for the post of Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

 

"I think that's sometimes been difficult for our Japanese friends, as it has been for the United States," Campbell said in his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday.

 

"My approach to this is that the best way to engage China is with the strongest possible partnership with Japan and for Japanese friends to know that we are behind them," he said.

 

"We support their strong role not only in the region but globally, but also to underscore to them that they share similar goals about what we look for, in terms of China's evolution into a great power," Campbell said.

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