An American political commentator says the United States is attempting to impose its own agenda on other countries of the world.
Professor Dennis A. Etler made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV while commenting on US President Barack Obama’s statement in which he said that the United States wants China “to be a partner in underwriting the international order, not undermining it.”
“The US is trying to impose its own solutions on other nations, whereas China is basically attempting to work with other nations for the mutual benefit of all,” Etler said.
“The idea that China should basically acquiesce to the US position and the US would take a lead, I think, is totally mistaken,” he added.
“China has its own priorities and its defensive needs, and it’s trying to basically establish a different way of conducting international relations based on mutual respect, non-interference into the internal affairs of other nations, allowing nations to proceed along their own developmental path without interference,” he continued.
Obama’s visit to China comes amid increased US-Chinese tensions over a number of issues, with Washington trying to expand its foothold in Asia by implementing its new foreign policy doctrine, known as The Asia Pivot, which is defined as a shift in American foreign policy from a Middle Eastern/European focus to an East/South Asian one.
The two countries recently have had problems on a range of issues including trade, maritime and cyber security. The United States also has tried to stop the creation of a multilateral infrastructure investment bank sponsored by China.
A key component of Obama’s Pivot is a proposed 12-country partnership, excluding China, called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that seeks to establish a free-trade bloc stretching from Vietnam to Chile and Japan.
China, on the other hand, sees the TPP as a possible US strategy to isolate the world’s second largest economy and has proposed the Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific (FTAAP), which it plans to present to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders for approval.