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Tuesday, March 7, 2000

2. Chinese analyst wants regional tie-ups to frustrate US "hegemonism"

BEIJING, March 7 (AFP) - Arguing that neighbours mattered for "China's
economic strength and military might," a Chinese analyst called Tuesday
for regional alliances to "defuse international hegemonism by the United

Writing in the official China Daily, Yan Xuetong of the China Institute
of Contemporary International Relations said, "regional alliances can
rival US power and cut into its influence."

His comments come amid persisting anti-US sentiments in China whipped up
after the NATO bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade on May 7 last
year. Washington has blamed the bombing on outdated maps, an excuse
dismissed as inadequate by Beijing.

China also has continuing concerns over pro-Taiwan sentiment in the
United States -- which has been strengthening amid sabre-rattling by
Beijing ahead of presidential elections in the island -- and US security
tie-ups with Japan.

Yan made no mention of the Taiwan issue however but had harsh words for
Japan: After the end of the Cold War, he said, "Japan, which viewed
China as its primary potential foe, adopted a pro-US strategy it thought
could 'tame' China."

China has voiced strong opposition to a proposed US national missile
defense plan and a joint US-Japan theater missile defense proposal in
East Asia.

"Not all neighbouring nations are friends China can trust," Yan said.
"But they do not threaten China's security."

Fostering ties with South-east Asia should be Beijing's priority, as its
"national interest cannot be separated economically, militarily or
politically from the interests of other Asian countries," he said.

Asian partners account for 56 percent of China's trade and if a war
broke out in East Asia, China would feel the heat, he pointed out.

"East Asia should fall in Europe's footsteps and quickly regionalize its
economy," Yan said. "If regionalisation in East Asia can expand to South
Asia and the Mideast, Asia will become a stronger world presence."

He cited yet another element that could help bond China with its
neighbours: "cultural similarity plus shared views on human rights and
national sovereignty."

Good neighbours were also a key element in fighting separatism within
China, Yan noted, without mentioning the restive Tibet and Xinjiang
regions. "If separatists abroad get no support from China's neighbours,
they will become frustrated and fail," he said.

"And China-based separatists without international endorsement are not
worth worrying about."

Articles in this Issue:
  1. India And China Pursue First Security Dialogue
  2. Chinese analyst wants regional tie-ups to frustrate US "hegemonism"
  3. As China cracks down, UN official calls for greater rights in Asia
  4. Your Mama Loves the Lama
  5. Chinese Vice-President Discusses Western Development With NPC Tibet Deputies
  6. Letters to Editor

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