Obama: ‘We Welcome the Peaceful Rise of China’

Sunday on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” President Barack Obama weighed in on the United States’ relationship with China, adding that he welcomed the nation’s “peaceful rise.”

Obama said, “China’s been run during our lifetimes by a communist party that has been much more anti-western in the past. We went through a period, over the course of 20 years in the ’90s and on through maybe the onset of my presidency, where because state sponsored capitalism and an export driven model was very successful, China was less interested in making waves. But, you know, you got over a billion people, one of the largest economies now in the world, so it’s to be expected that they will want a bigger seat at the table, when it comes to international affairs. And what we have said consistently is that we welcome the peaceful rise of China, consistent with international norms. That’s good for everybody. An impoverished and collapsing China.”

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