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China: American pivot to Asia needs ‘rebalancing’

May 20th, 2014
03:31 PM ET

Amanpour and Ambassador Cui also spoke about American hacking allegations against China. You can see that portion of the interview here.

By Mick Krever, CNN

The Obama Administration’s much-touted pivot to Asia, a careful balance between supporting U.S. allies and assuring China that America supports its rise, may need to be recalibrated, Chinese Ambassador to the U.S. Cui Tiankai told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.

“I'm not questioning the intention of the U.S. government,” Ambassador Cui said. “I'm looking at the effect, the results of the U.S. policies towards Asia, towards China and what they have done and said recently.”

“And honestly, I think the key to this rebalancing is to maintain a good relationship with everybody in Asia-Pacific, including particularly China. And in this sense, I think this policy of rebalancing might need some rebalancing itself.”

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Filed under:  China • Christiane Amanpour • Japan • Latest Episode

How Japan’s prime minister is shaking things up

April 24th, 2014
02:18 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Japan’s waters are full of riptides, but the country’s prime minister isn’t opposed to taking a dip.

U.S. President Barack Obama met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Thursday, the first stop on his high-stakes tour to four key American allies in Asia.

Notably absent from his list of destinations is China, whose huge economic growth, and the influence that comes with it, looms large over the region.

President Obama has reiterated his commitment to America’s security agreement with Japan, albeit while sticking as much as possible to dry, diplomatic language.

“Territories under the administration of Japan are covered under the treaty,” he said. “There's no shift in position, no red line; we're simply applying the treaty.”

If there’s apprehension in that statement, it is because Japan’s conservative Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has upended the commitment to pacifism that has defined post-World War II Japan.

Among Prime Minister Abe’s affronts, according to his detractors: Visiting a memorial to Japanese war dead, among whom are convicted war criminals; refusing to apologize for Japan’s use of sex slaves in wartime China and South Korea; and a commitment to rewrite Japan’s constitution, which places great limits on the country’s military.

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Chance of China/Japan conflict growing, warns former State Department official

December 3rd, 2013
04:14 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Tensions between China and Japan, at their worst in half a century, are making conflict “much more likely now than it’s probably been in years,” the former top U.S. State Department official for East Asia told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

If a conflict were to break out, Kurt Campbell said, it would likely be a “small skirmish, probably easily contained.”

But the larger context, of "what is really the two great countries of Asia, China and Japan" is hard to ignore.

"Tensions between the two countries are greater now than they've been probably in a half century."

The two countries have long been loggerheads over uninhabited islands in the East China Sea – the Chinese call them Diaoyu and the Japanese call them Senkaku.

The heat was turned up, however, when China declared an “Air Defense Identification Zone” over the chain of islands.

The U.S. military responded by sending two unarmed B-52 bombers through the heart of the contested airspace.

America must make clear to China, Campbell said, that the drawing of a military air zone “is deeply provocative.”

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