Obama insists U.S. does not fear China.

Marines of the People's Liberation Army (Navy) (PLA(N)) stand at…

Marines of the People’s Liberation Army (Navy) (PLA(N)) stand at attention as Commander, Pacific Fleet Rear Adm. Gary Roughead greets them following a demonstration of the brigade’s capabilities. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Corporal J.J. Harper

President Barack Obama insisted Wednesday that the United States does not fear China, even as he announced a new security agreement with Australia that is widely viewed as a response to Beijing’s growing aggressiveness.

China responded swiftly, warning that an expanded U.S. military footprint in Australia may not be appropriate and deserved greater scrutiny.

During his news conference with Gillard, the president sidestepped questions about whether the security agreement was aimed at containing China. But he said the U.S. would keep sending a clear message that China needs to accept the responsibilities that come with being a world power.

“It’s important for them to play by the rules of the road,” he said.

And he insisted that the U.S is not fearful of China’s rise.

“I think the notion that we fear China is mistaken. The notion that we’re looking to exclude China is mistaken,” he said.

Source: Ben Feller for the Associated Press.

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