A "pivot" or emphasis on Asia in U.S. foreign policy is not about containing China, although more could be done to spell out what the strategy means, speakers at an Asia-Pacific Security Conference in Singapore said on Monday.
Diplomatic relations in Asia are at a delicate point: China is asserting its claims in the South China Sea, alarming regional neighbors who hope that the U.S., the world's remaining superpower, will provide some balance in the region.
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"Last year, [U.S. Secretary of Defense] Chuck Hagel said the pivot is misread, that it's not all about China and I agree with that," Ruan Zongze, vice president at the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS) said during a panel discussion on Sino-American strategies, part of the events for this week's Singapore Airshow.
"But when I talk to people about this they say it [the pivot] is all about the rise of China," he added.