13 Feb '12, 10am

China vice-president warns against US military focus

China vice-president warns against US military focus

WASHINGTON: China's next likely leader Xi Jinping warned the United States against plans to boost its military strength in Asia as he prepared for a closely watched visit to Washington starting Monday. China's vice-president Xi, who is tipped to rule the rising Asian power until 2023, called on the United States to prioritize economic growth and promised anew that Beijing would address foreign concerns about its currency's value. In a written interview with The Washington Post, Xi said that the Pacific Ocean had "ample space" for both China and the United States but insisted that Asian countries were concerned foremost with "economic prosperity." "At a time when people long for peace, stability and development, to deliberately give prominence to the military security agenda, scale up military deployment and strengthen military alliances is not really what most countries in...

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