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Global problems can’t be solved without U.S., China: Hillary

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gestures during a news conference at the State Department in Washington on Wednesday.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gestures during a news conference at the State Department in Washington on Wednesday.

Observing that China has a seat at virtually every table and a role in virtually every institution of importance in the world, United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that no problem in the world today can be resolved without the United States and China.

“We and others around the world are looking for even greater leadership from China. China and the United States cannot solve all the problems of the world together. But without China and the United States, I doubt that any of our global problems can be solved,” Ms. Clinton said in a major foreign policy speech.

Delivering the remarks at think—tank the US Institute of Peace to mark the 40th anniversary of the China visit by the then US President Richard Nixon, Ms. Clinton said the US wants China to be a full stakeholder, embracing its role as a major global player, to helping strengthen the international system. Ms. Clinton said its power, wealth, and influence have pushed China rapidly to a new echelon in the international order.

“What China says and does reverberate around the globe, and simply by changing itself, China affects the world around it. At the same time, it is still working on its great economic mission, bringing development to millions more of the Chinese people,” she said.

Ms. Clinton pointed out that China’s response at times has been to seek to have it at both ways, acting like what she called a selective stakeholder.

“In some forums, on some issues, China wants to be treated as a great power; in others, as a developing nation.

That’s perfectly understandable, because China has attributes of both. Nonetheless, the world is looking for China to play a role that is commensurate with its new standing. And that means it can no longer be a selective stakeholder,” she said.

China, she noted, has already shown increased leadership on some regional and global issues, like countering piracy and sustaining the global economic recovery.

It has also contributed substantially to UN peacekeeping missions worldwide, and we applaud these steps, she added.

“But we do believe China will have to go further to fully embrace its new role in the world to give the world confidence that it is going to, not just today or on one set of issues, but for the long run, play a positive role that will enhance security, stability, and prosperity,” Ms. Clinton said.

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It is about time that the likes of clinton stop making these 'profound' comments about the emerging world. It shows the bankrupt thought process of these so called world diplomats. Why China now one wonders - because it has got us in its vice where it hurts most. So, now the plan is to try to join up with the emerging power, however hypocritically, to sow the seeds of disharmony around the world. Can these people not learn and realise the world has changed and the days of gun diplomacy and coercion are over.

from:  Prof S. Sarkar
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 17:50 IST

Trust 'The Hindu' to publish any positive news concerning China/Russia/Cuba.

from:  Mani
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 13:50 IST

After the decline of British imperial power in 20th century and
emergence of U.S power taking the positions of colonial dictator is proving money is the target of such type sanctimonious civilized
educated democratic nation.Their style of making colonies have changed
from traditional style.U.S and their flatterer nations always use
their intelligence and money to make chaos and dethrone the ruler for
new either puppet ruler or government. That's why world is facing much
problems.If the problems are being created by U.S and their sycophant
nations then why china will help in solving the Global problems.

from:  Md khaliquzzaman
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 13:33 IST

90% of global problems are just because of these 2 countires. so its correct by her words. Problem creators would surely know how to resolve them.

from:  Eswar
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 13:13 IST

Most of the world's global problems are also not created without these two. If the USA would stay out of the rest of the world's business, we would not have half the problems we face today. If the USA would also stop consuming 25% of the world's energy, while hosting only 4% of the world's population, we'd make a lot of headway. If the USA would cut down its meat consumption, while China cuts down its coal emissions, the earth would be a much better place already! Let's not even get started with disarmament! Hilarious Clinton!

from:  B S Kumar
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 12:36 IST

Madam Hillary conveniently turned an unpalatable truth in International Relations on its head with her statement. USA is the world's biggest problem creator and is in the forefront of 21st century imperialism together with its sycophants like UK. What is required is to have a multipolar world that can exert its influence in preventing this imperialism trend. The European Union apart, we should have poles (I prefer the term multiple global power centres) like Russia-China-India forum that can induct other Eurasian nations, the Organisation of Islamic Conference, and the African Union. It is USA's faulty and venal foreign policies that incured responses like 9/11 on it. Who told George Bush to invade Iraq?

from:  JK Dutt
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 12:23 IST

Thanks Mrs. Hillary - First, your need to put
your full efforts in solving the problems of your country and then start
thinking about others.

from:  Kasi Viswanath
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 11:12 IST
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