Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his China counterpart, Defense

Minister Chang Wanquan, head for a press conference, after Hagel

arrived on his first visit to Beijing as defense chief. Video of their

comments has not been made available to the public.



Hagel Must Be Told: China is Not Russia (Huanqiu, China)


Is part of America's 'Asia Pivot' to use China's territorial disputes with Japan and the Philippines to gain leverage over Beijing? This editorial from China's state-run Huanqiu exhorts Chinese officials not to be too polite with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who is now in China after stopping in Japan. According to the government mouthpiece, it must be made abundantly clear to Hagel that 'China is not Russia' - and will not have its strategic space squeezed the way the West Squeezed Russia's.




Translated By John Chen


April 9, 2014


People's Republic of China - Huanqiu - Original Article (Chinese)

An honor guard and some unusually blunt talk, await Defense Secretary Hagel in China.


CCTV NEWS VIDEO, CHINA: Hagel warned 'China will win war if its security is threatened', Apr. 8, 00:02:46RealVideo

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has concluded his Japanese tour and on Monday kicked off a visit to China, during which he will be given a tour of the Liaoning [aircraft carrier]. In Tokyo he said many things that were pleasing to the Japanese ear. Making a very provocative analogy, Hagel publicly warned China not to tackle ongoing territorial disputes with smaller neighboring countries like "the Russians have in Ukraine."


Chinese officials in their talks with Hagel should be less polite and more forceful. After his public show of toughness in Japan, Hagel should hear a forthright expression of China's position - and even harsh words. To reciprocate is part of Chinese culture, so let U.S. officials have such expectations going forward.


On the territorial issue, the United States has yet to fully side with Japan and the Philippines, but there is little difference between Washington's current partiality for Tokyo and Manila and open confrontation with China.


Many Chinese believe that this is one of the core elements of America's "pivot to Asia" strategy. The U.S. is attempting to burden China's rise by provoking and inciting confrontation between Beijing and neighboring countries. The U.S. is implementing this strategy at precisely the moment when territorial disputes in East Asia have intensified thanks to the aggressive and offensive policies of Japan and the Philippines.


There has been no direct confrontation on the issue of the islands conflict, and the existence of a number of buffers is likely a stabilizing factor in the Asia Pacific, but this cannot be considered a desire of China alone.


Chinese public opinion has lost interest in patience and has given up hope of reasoning with the United States, concluding that Washington is all too adept at manipulating double standards. In the eyes of the U.S., Japan's "nationalization" of the Diaoyu Islands [Senkaku Islands] and the Filipino trickery to bolster its territorial clam by using a navy ship to reinforce a cargo ship marooned on Ren'ai reef [Second Thomas Shoal] are not violations of the "status quo," while any countermeasures taken by China are called "aggression."


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The United States is good at maneuvering in East Asia, but if it thought it could force China into submission both at sea and in the media, then it has overestimated the effectiveness of its "Asia Pivot." China is not Russia, nor are the South China and East China Seas Crimea. Restraint is one of China's central philosophies in the face of friction, but we must also make clear everyone, "Don't mess with us!"


If the United States continues to encourage Tokyo and Manila, causing them to provoke China, it will sooner or later have to pay the price, and that price will be shame. For instance, if the Philippines insists on reinforcing a rusting ship in Ren'ai Reef, China will prevent it. To be sure, China will not allow the emergence of a permanent Philippine facility on that reef.


If U.S. Congress people promise Manila that the U.S. will enable it to achieve that dream, then those lawmakers will sooner or later have egg on their faces. If Washington has told Tokyo that it can have a free hand on the Diaoyu Islands, that promise will eventually be shown to have been worthless.


China has nothing to learn from Russia when it comes to dealing with friction on its periphery. Rather, it is the U.S. that needs to learn a lesson from the Crimea situation. Washington has squeezed Russia's strategic space, but it got cold feet when Moscow upped the ante. From the point of view of great power relations, that is the essence of the Crimea incident.

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Conflicts in Europe are not being replicated in East Asia. America needs to take care, because it will be unable to suppress China the way it has done with Russia. The U.S. will be unable to use countries like Japan and the Philippines as pawns in a China containment strategy.


China's has emphasized building a new type of great power relationship with the United States, which is a new attempt to avoid the traditional pitfalls of great power politics. The Unites States is the world's only superpower, and is seeking to use little brother Philippines to gain big leverage in its relations with China. If Washington fails to understand the feelings of China's people in an effort at achieving the selfish gratification of its own interests, which now looks like a salient element of its new policy in Asia, it will sooner or later be strangled by it like a snake around its prey.  


Chuck Hagel is a new face in the court of Chinese public opinion. All that people have seen or heard of him were when he was in Japan uttering "very harsh" words. So he needs to provide an explanation to the Chinese public, even if only to demonstrate that America really is taking a hard line toward China.  


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