Skip to comments.U.S. Warns China Not to Attempt Crimea-Style Action in Asia
Posted on 04/04/2014 8:22:30 PM PDT by kristinn
China should not doubt the U.S. commitment to defend its Asian allies and the prospect of economic retaliation should also discourage Beijing from using force to pursue territorial claims in Asia in the way Russia has in Crimea, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.
Daniel Russel, President Barack Obama's diplomatic point man for East Asia, said it was difficult to determine what China's intentions might be, but Russia's annexation of Crimea had heightened concerns among U.S. allies in the region about the possibility of China using force to pursue its claims.
"The net effect is to put more pressure on China to demonstrate that it remains committed to the peaceful resolution of the problems," Russel, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asia, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Russel said the retaliatory sanctions imposed on Russia by the United States, the European Union and others should have a "chilling effect on anyone in China who might contemplate the Crimea annexation as a model."
This was especially so given the extent of China's economic interdependence with the United States and its Asia neighbors, Russel said.
Russel said that while the United States did not take a position on rival territorial claims in East Asia, China should be in no doubt about Washington's resolve to defend its allies if necessary.
"The president of the United States and the Obama administration is firmly committed to honoring our defense commitments to our allies," he said.
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And the Chinese should believe this because...........?
A warning from Obama is an invitation.
Or what? Zer0 will cry? Wookie will tell them what to eat? Our leadership embarasses me.
Obama will threaten to impose ObamaCare on China.
Oh, more pontificating about how ‘You don’t do things like this in the 21st Century’? I’m sure China is shaking in its boots.
Another Obama Yellow Line in the Snow.
Ah! A RED LINE..!
Okaaaaay ..!! ^_^
We’re going to go to war with a nation of over 1 billion people because?
And don’t forget the Chinese can call in the debt we owe them - which is quite considerable.
Earth to Washington: don’t make a threat you can’t enforce.
Sheesh, if China pulls anything, Preezy can pull out the reaaal big guns and simply say,
“China did this OUT OF WEAKNESS”
See? ALL BETTER.
Hold on! Breaking news, China has delivered its response via Skype in the CP boardroom....
Obama will send Mooochelle back to China.
China is a mere “regional power”. No one takes them seriously. No one at all. Move along, citizen.
“China is a regional power! ummm... if you like your islands... you can keep them! China’s on the ropes, GM is alive! Private sector’s doing fine!”
Chinese Chairman responds by cell phone from Philippines.
There’s a rumor they were thinking about invading Tibet and destroying their culture.
Taiwan ROC is under intense pressure to integrate more with communist china. Right now as we contemplate the astonishing brilliance of this new Obama threat.
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