Chinese mission seen as missed opportunity for US – Caroline Daniel
In late September, Robert Zoellick, deputy secretary of state, delivered a speech on US foreign policy towards China that experts say was seen in Beijing as the clearest statement yet of the administration’s approach in the second term of President George W. Bush.
China, he said, needed “to become a responsible stakeholder in the international system”. The US commitment to democracy, he insisted, would not preclude a co-operative relationship with the authoritarian rulers of the country. “We can co-operate with the emerging China of today, even as we work for the democratic China of tomorrow.”