In WWII, the U.S. was an ally with China and helped fight back the Japanese occupation. The same is true in the Philippines. Since then China aligned with communist states. Japan and the Philippines are aligned with the USA.
In apparent contradiction, the U.S. is highly dependent upon China as a global trading partner and banker. China has come around to some degree, embracing capitalism and free-market economy.
Disputes remain over territory that go back to the days of occupation and in some cases before that.
The headline is the the U.S. should not take sides in these disputes. I bet they would change their minds about that if the U.S. agreed with them.
Another quadrust.com writer, Andy Maheshwari covered this story differently, emphasizing that the U.S. had lost its power and prestige. I don’t see losing the cowboy image as being anything but an improvement. (Refer to: http://quadrust.com/article/can-rapidly-declining-us-save-south-china-sea-from-chinese-expansion)
“China warns U.S. not to take sides in sea disputes
By Andrew Quinn and Chris Buckley
JAKARTA/BEIJING | Tue Sep 4, 2012 11:16am EDT
(Reuters) – China warned the United States not to get involved in South China Sea territorial disputes on Tuesday as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Beijing pledging to pass on a strong message on the need to calm regional tension.
U.S. officials say Clinton will stress the importance of cooperation and partnership on the visit, an important chance to compare notes during a year of political transition in both countries.
But her visit has been overshadowed by disputes over tiny islets and craggy outcrops in oil- and gas-rich areas of the South and East China Seas that have set China against U.S. regional allies such as the Philippines and Japan.
Clinton arrived in Beijing from Jakarta late on Tuesday, huddling with U.S. officials on board her plane before heading off to meetings with Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi followed by a dinner.
In their brief public remarks, both Clinton and Yang stressed a constructive tone, with Clinton calling the U.S.-China relationship key to the Obama administration’s “pivot” to more engagement with the Asia-Pacific.
Despite sometimes bitter commentary in China’s state-run media, Yang pledged that Beijing would continue to work with Washington to forge “a new type of major country relationship”.