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China Claims It Wants to Peacefully Rise to Power in the World

Tuesday, 13 September 2005 12:00 AM

Zheng began formulating the "peaceful rise" concept after a 2002 meeting with Condoleezza Rice, then the U.S. national security adviser, who probed Zheng about how China planned to use its rising power.

This past spring, Hu sent Zheng to deliver a message to U.S. officials that China isn't seeking to displace the U.S. and urged him to propagate his "peaceful rise" policy.

"We don't expect you to totally believe that we can definitely realize the peaceful rise of China," he said in an interview. "But there are still decades to come to see how we do."

"Peaceful rise" does have its detractors, however. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has questioned why China continues to build up its armed forces if it faces no threat.

And Chinese military officers have complained about the "peaceful" component in the belief it suggests China won't defend its interests.

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