China to Obama: End Your "Double-faced Tactics"
April 11, 2014 • 9:50AM

Speaking of the public comments addressed to U.S. Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, by the highest-level Chinese military officials during his stay in China, official news agency Xinhua commented:

"The unusual harsh tone delivers a clear message: Beijing is resolved to defend its core interests, particularly territorial sovereignty, and will not allow any country to make waves. The frankness is expected to reduce the possibility of miscalculation by other countries when they gauge China's red lines, and consequently reduce rashness in their China policy-making.

"As a responsible player in regional and global affairs, China expects the United States to respect its core interests, but has been repeatedly disappointed by the latter's double-faced tactics."

Nonetheless, reflecting the desire of China to bolster positive U.S.-Chinese relations, Xinhua appeals to those who retain their sanity in the west:

"Regardless of disagreements in various fields, both Beijing and Washington clearly know they are friends, not enemies, and a healthy U.S.-China relationship is a sine qua non for world peace and stability.

"As Chinese President Xi Jinping has said, China sincerely hopes to establish a new type of major-country relationship with the United States, featuring mutual respect and common prosperity. His U.S. counterpart, Barack Obama, has said the United States welcomes the rise of a stable, peaceful and prosperous China.

"If hard-nosed politicians in Washington can understand Beijing's frankness and resolve better, China-U.S. ties will be more stable and the Asia-Pacific region will be more peaceful."