China's President: "We are Not a Military Threat"

WASHINGTON D.C. - Chinese President Hu Jintao sought Thursday to assure U.S. business executives with ties to China that his country is not a military threat to the United States but an economic partner ready to help lead the world to full recovery from the deepest financial crisis in generations.
"We will remain committed to the path of peaceful development," Hu told a U.S.-China Business Council luncheon. "We do not engage in arms races, we are not a military threat to any country. China will never seek to dominate or pursue an expansionist policy."
The group, made up of U.S. business leaders whose companies have significant dealings within China, proved a far more receptive audience than the Chinese leader found an earlier meeting on Capitol Hill, where Hu drew fire over China's human rights policies and other practices from some of the harshest U.S. congressional critics.
At Thursday's luncheon, Hu told the business audience that while the world was returning to growth, there remain many "unstabilizing factors" and that full recovery will be a difficult process.
China and the United States are vastly different countries with distinct cultures and traditions, he said. "It's only normal we have some differences."
But said those differences, or particular incidents, shouldn't be allowed to affect warming US-Chinese relations.
He said that U.S. and Chinese dealings should be based on "mutual respect and mutual benefits."
Hu said it was in the interest of both the United States and China to work together "to achieve a full recovery of the world economy."

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  • by Mikehunt Location: Center on Jan 22, 2011 at 12:38 PM
    Maybe what he meant was, We are not as much of a military threat as the USA who owns a couple thousand nuclear bombs and continuously wars with every Arab nation it thinks it can steam roll over. Maybe what he should have said was "We dont use our military and alliances to try and police the world"
  • by Anonymous on Jan 22, 2011 at 06:58 AM
    They are not a military threat. They can have methods much more effective than a military might. They can transport 10 million people into any geographical location in a short period of time and ravage the local economy. They could freeze production or divert resources and cause havoc with the rest of the world. They do not need a single bullet to take over the world. They have control of it now.
  • by dan on Jan 20, 2011 at 07:16 PM
    China is the long term model for America, A Dictator and oppressive police force that view human life as cheap( just like the products they make). He came this week to look at his new Louisiana purchase.
  • by RT Location: Lansing on Jan 20, 2011 at 03:27 PM
    China NOT a military threat?? I'll believe that as soon as I see the tooth fairy ride down my street on a unicorn.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 20, 2011 at 12:49 PM
    And Pigs Fly! Not a military treat! What a joke. They could loose a couple of billion people and not feel it.
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