While Beijing will certainly not soften its position on the row with Tokyo, so far it appears to be wary about directly challenging Washington on security issues.
US policy on China is to engage and challenge. This is based on the belief that increasing engagement, where China is drawn into existing international financial, social and military forums and processes, would make it less likely to attack such systems. The challenges would be on issues like human rights and increasing access to China’s markets. And of course, territorial issues.
Many Chinese, however, believe the existing international systems are the thin edge of the democratic wedge, and need to be revisited factoring in Chinese interests and systems.
But is a rising China a threat?
A threat is usually defined as a combination of hostile intentions and credible capabilities.
Image: Chinese Military Policemen march past the Great Hall of the People beside Tiananmen Square in Beijing on May 16, 2012.