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With hacking case, US hopes fade that China can play by rules

Published on May 21, 2014 3:17 AM
 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - In choosing a major escalation with China over cyber-espionage, the United States has laid bare its frustrations after years of hoping the Asian power would accept a US-led international order.

President Barack Obama and his predecessors have long recited a mantra that the United States welcomes China's rise but wants it to join a "rules-based order" and take a greater responsibility in global affairs.

"I think that the Obama administration over the past six years has been frustrated that the Chinese have not played the role that we hoped they would in supporting the system," said Adam Segal, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

"The Chinese say that we didn't write any of these rules and we don't necessarily agree with them, so do not expect us to uphold them," he said.

 
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