BEIJING, April 26 (Xinhua) -- There are two options to safeguard Asia's security: relying on big powers and Cold-War alliances to deter threats to regional order, or building an Asian community of common destiny featuring trust and development.
The former one seems to be the first choice, not necessarily the right one, of the United States, whose president Barack Obama is currently visiting four Asia countries, including Japan, a major U.S. ally in the region.
One of the main aims of his trip is to assure its allies and partners that the world's most powerful country is and will be helping them deter threats.
However, when it comes to real threats to Asia's security, especially when Japan's turn to the right is worrying the region, the U.S. finds itself drawn into disputes and difficult to articulate a clear policy.
The U.S. treaty commitment to Japan's administration on the Diaoyu Islands would do nothing good but disturb regional peace and stability.
Also, on Japan's World War II history of invasion, the U.S. has not taken any concrete measures to check its defiant ally from confronting China and escalating tensions with Asian neighbors, including the Republic of Korea.
On non-traditional threats to security such as transnational crime, terrorism and energy crisis, the U.S. also failed to win confidence that its power could, or at least is willing to, protect the interests of Asian people from disasters.
Facing a complex security situation due to historical grievances and hot-button issues, Asia is open to the discussion of how to build a solid security mechanism.
But as long as the Cold-War security structure remains, the rhetoric of a peaceful Asia will be empty. Strengthening alliances while excluding the common interests of other countries can achieve nothing but buttressing an unstable status quo.
It is due to the ineffectiveness or even harm of the old thinking of Asian security that China promotes a new outlook advocating common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security measures.
There are doubts to this new, still young concept as historical disputes and current interest frictions frequently linger on the largest and most populous continent.
But it has become a consensus in Asia that without economic development, equality, mutual trust and cooperation, neither traditional nor non-traditional security can be guaranteed.
China's two initiatives to build a Silk Road economic belt and a 21st-century maritime Silk Road have shown its willingness to explore on how to translate the new concept to concrete common interests and friendship with other Asian countries.
In the next five years, China will import 10 trillion U.S. dollars worth of goods and invest 500 billion U.S. dollars overseas. It is expected to become the world's largest consumer, which will bring more opportunities for Asian neighbors to develop the economy and enhance abilities to safeguard security.
Advocating the principle of peaceful co-existence, China respects the traditional influence and current interest of other big powers, including the U.S., in the region.
The Asian giant has never sought to push the U.S. aside nor is it interested in pursuing co-governance of the region with the U.S. Instead, China is happy to see interests of both sides are increasingly interwound, which mean steadier relations and stronger drives to settle security threats together.
History tells that tragedy usually occurred when regional power balance was changing, but in a time that all sides are wise enough to adopt a new security concept, history need not necessarily repeat itself.
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