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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Jin Canrong
While Adm. Sam Locklear said it was obvious Chinese military power is growing, he suggested it remains unclear whether China will seek in the long-term to be a hard adversary to the U.S. — so Washington should be working overtime on steering Beijing toward a cooperative security posture.
The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee is faulting a flawed bureaucratic system for the State Department's failure to blame top U.S. officials for ignoring pleas for more security before the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya.
The Chinese government reacted strongly recently to U.S. government efforts to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), calling the move a dangerous U.S. military plot to interfere further in Asia's regional affairs.
China on Sunday slammed President Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama as an act that has "grossly interfered in China's internal affairs" and damaged Chinese-American relations.
"However, some people, who sit in their offices in Washington, tend to hold a more hard-line position toward China," Mr. Jin said.
"The fact that the U.S. defense secretary and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff both attended the hearing indicates their desire to use the UNCLOS to serve their needs for a global and regional security strategy," Mr. Jin said.