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How successful was Hu’s US visit?

By Sushil Seth

What else was he supposed to say? It would have been highly impolite diplomatically to call Hu a liar.

The Chinese announcement created a bit of a flutter in the region.

Beijing might even hope that the stealth fighter, its missiles and a range of submarines will have a salutary effect on its small regional neighbors, unhappy with China’s extravagant claims on the South China Sea and elsewhere in the region.

The US, therefore, must remain engaged in the Asia-Pacific region, partly to neutralize China’s aggressive behavior toward its neighbors.

Hu’s US visit was welcome as an exercise in taking some of the tension out of US-China relations.

However, without a concrete blueprint for its advancement, the tension in their relationship is bound to build up again, because China is bursting to demonstrate its dominance.

The danger is that these tensions might result in an unpleasant incident or two on the high seas, and worse.

Sushil Seth is a writer based in Australia.

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