This volume examines the unfolding relationships among the five great powers in Asia—the United States, China, India, Japan and Russia. It explores recent bilateral relations between these states. While the central theme is how China, the rising power, and the US, the sole superpower, will deal with each other, their policies and interactions will need to factor in the other three powers who will play significant roles in defining peace and stability in Asia.
Chapter 5: US Perceptions of China: Persisting Doubts
US Perceptions of China: Persisting Doubts
The United States is not worried about whether China will become an adversary in next few years. But after that who knows? China is pretty absorbed with its domestic development. But will China of 10–15 years from now have a similar view? I can not say.1
Everyone in the world wishes China the best for its peaceful development, but nobody is willing to bet their future on it; what they need is some reassurance from China that it will be a constructive player in the international system. That's what the notion of a responsible stakeholder is about.2
The above authoritative viewpoints of Robert ...