Xi urges the US to stop flexing muscles over the Middle East
London: USA needs to be a more responsible power as it gains global influence and avoid flexing its muscles in disputes with smaller countries over issues like the Middle East and the Korean Peninsula, China President Xi Jinping told CNN in an interview to be aired on Sunday.
Xi, who meets with President Obama at a G20 summit next week in China, told CNN China supports peaceful American hegemony but that Washington had to recognise that "with increasing power comes increasing responsibilities," according to excerpts released on Friday.
"If you refuse to sign a treaty that calls for international arbitration around maritime issues, the fact that you're bigger than North Korea, Iran or Syria or other countries ... is not a reason for you to go around and flex your muscles," Xi said. "You've got to abide by international law and sign to be a member of UNCLOS."
Xi said Beijing had urged Washington to bind itself to international rules and norms to help build a strong international order by ratifying UNCLOS rules and regulations and become a member of the international community.
"Where we see them violating international rules and norms, as we have seen in some cases in the Middle East or in some of their behavior when it comes to economic policy, we've been very firm," Xi told CNN. "And we've indicated to them that there will be consequences."
The Chinese president said the US could not expect to "pursue mercantilist policies that just advantage" itself now that the US has become a more affluent, middle-income country.
"Even though you still have a lot of weapons, you know, you can't just export problems. You've got to have fair trade and not just free trade," Xi said. "You have to open up your markets if you expect other people to open up their markets."
World Associate Press
PS. Actually this is a writer article. I just change the name Obama and USA to Xi and China and vice versa and a little doctoring of the areas of conflict from South China to Middle East and the Korean Peninsula.