Clinton: China Must “Embrace Its New Role”

At an event marking the 40th anniversary of U.S. President Richard Nixon’s 1972 trip to Beijing, which ended 25 years of diplomatic estrangement between the sides, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on China to live up to the global standards that accompany its rise:

“The world is looking for China to play a role commensurate with its new standing,” Clinton said.

“We do believe that China will have to go further to fully embrace its new role in the world, to give the world confidence that it is going to … play a positive role.”

Clinton also laid out a series of expectations for China, echoing growing U.S. calls for Beijing to become a more responsible international partner on everything from trade policy to global security.

“It is understandable that the international community wants some confidence that a country’s growing power will be used for the benefit of all,” Clinton said. “This is particularly true for a country that has grown as rapidly and as dramatically as China.”