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US aware of Asia’s China apprehensions

world Updated: Jan 16, 2011 00:05 IST

Ahead of President Hu Jintao’s state visit here next week, the US has said it is aware of apprehensions of Asian countries about emergence of an assertive China and insisted that it would take all necessary steps to protect their security interests while trying to develop its ties with Beijing.

This was stated by US national security adviser Ton Donilon on Friday, while speaking on broad contours of the American relationship with the second largest economy of the world, ranging from Sino-US economic and military ties to global issues of North Korea and those related to human rights.

Donilon bifurcated the Sino-US ties in four baskets. “The first basket is clearly the overall relationship, its purpose, where are the areas of cooperation... and, and how we see that relationship developing over the next 10, 15 and 20 years.”

Basket two would be security and political issues, the third basket includes economic issues, while the fourth basket is “cross-cutting so called global issues of special concern.” “Human rights would fall into that category,” Donilon said.