Washington: US needs to successfully manage its relationship with emerging powers like India and China, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said and insisted that the Obama administration's shift of military, diplomatic and commercial assets to Asia is not to "contain" Beijing.
"We need to successfully manage our relationships with emerging powers like China and India," Clinton said in her address to the Foreign Policy Group's 'Transformational Trends 2013' Forum.
"China's peaceful rise as a global power is reaching a crossroads. Its future course will be determined by how it manages new economic challenges, differences with its neighbours, and strains in its political and economic system," said the Secretary of State in her speech on foreign policy.
Beijing has repeatedly expressed concerns about Washington's so-called Asia Pivot.
Clinton told a Washington foreign policy forum on Thursday that the pivot is not a threat to China.
"None of this is about containment. It's all aimed at advancing a rules-based order in the Asia-Pacific [region] that will drive peace and prosperity for decades to come," she said.
Clinton said navigating the US-China relationship is uniquely important but also uniquely challenging.
"Because, as I have said on many occasions, and as I have heard Chinese leaders quote my words back to me, we are trying to write a new answer to the old question of what happens when an established power and a rising power meet," she said.
She said the US is moving economics to the centre of its foreign policy.
"In response to the trends I mentioned earlier and that you have been discussing, countries that are gaining influence more because of economic prowess than military power, and market forces shaping the strategic landscapes, are clearly driving change. We can either watch it or shape it."
According to the Secretary of State, economics are increasingly shaping international affairs alongside more traditional forms of national power.
"Emerging powers like India and Brazil are gaining clout because of their size, of course, but more the size of their economies than of their militaries, more about the potential of their markets than their projection of what we used to think of as power," she said.