Canberra - US President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that
the United States did not fear China and was not trying to exclude it from the
benefits of its rise, but warned Beijing must play by global rules of the road.
Obama, on the latest leg of his Pacific tour which is
shadowed by the implications of China's emergence as a global power, also said
Beijing must "rethink" its attitude to global trade.
"The notion that we fear China is a mistake. The notion
that we are looking to exclude China is a mistake," Obama said at a news
conference in Canberra with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
Obama and Gillard announced that from mid-2012 US Marines
would begin deploying to Australia, as part of a US initiative to
"rebalance" its military footprint in Asia as Washington pulls out of
Afghanistan and Iraq.
The US leader said that Washington had no desire to exclude
China from a new initiative to frame a Trans-Pacific Partnership to better
integrate the region's powerhouse economies to promote growth.
But he said that to join the grouping once it is up and
running in the future, Beijing would have to live up to international standards
on issues such as copyright enforcement and intellectual property.
Obama has hardened his tone on China in recent weeks,
expressing frustration at Beijing's failure to do more to allow the yuan to
reach a fair market level and venting at China's performance on protecting US