July 22nd, 2011
08:55 AM ET

Why Clinton's comments in India could affect U.S.-Chinese relations

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is traveling in Asia and this week nudged India in a way that is likely to cause concerns in China. Clinton noted India's growing economic power and said it was time now for New Delhi to assert itself as more of a political force across Asia.

In a speech, she said, "This is not, therefore, a time when any of us can afford to look inward at the expense of looking outward. This is a time to seize the opportunities of the 21st century, and it is a time to lead."

Why might Beijing take issue with that?

Fareed Zakaria explains how the comments in India could affect U.S.-Chinese relations.

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  1. That'snotTrue:[

    Well.....that's the US's role in the currnt world, try to cause conflict while attempting to seem like a peace maker. Unfortunately the rest of the world is catching up and Beijing is unlikely to do anything, there's no need to get all hyped up over something that the US says. India can figure out it's role in the world stage on it's own, they don't need an American black hand to guild them....which would only result in American interest.

    July 22, 2011 at 11:53 am | Reply
  2. beelzebubba

    India has to concentrate on its dysfunctional neighbors... expecting it to become a world leader or a trustworthy US ally seems like wishful thinking.

    July 22, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Reply
  3. j. von hettlingen

    Both countries – China and India – know that they have a lot to catch up, India's Premier Singh thought the world was big enough for both countries to pursue their interests. India's rise to power is a solace to many in the region. China is determined to go its way and is probably unimpressed by what Hilary Clinton said in India..

    July 22, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Reply
  4. Ben Franklin

    People in S.E. Asia are very aware of Chinese bullying in the Spratley Islands, and are upset about it. The Spratley Islands are very much closer to other countries that claim it than China is, and the Chinese claim to it has all of the validity of their claim to Tibet – none. China is an actively imperialist country, as well as a brutal and ruthless dictatorship.

    July 22, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Reply
  5. Amrullah Yousafzai in Mingora,Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (NWFP)

    The Chinese are no match for the glorious black hanuman-faced dravidian bhaRATi ramrams as they are a superpower....you seen it since 41.6% of their population lives on less than $1.25 a day.

    Of course, the bhaRATis have so much that the chinks don't like the soon to be world famous bhaRATi national drink, Gau Jal.

    Look at the state of the art Gau Jal collection facilities the bhaRATis have invented in this video......


    bhaRATis can also be proud of having the worlds largest swimming pool......there excrement and disease infested ganga, in which the black bhaRATis love to swim in as their national pastime.


    July 22, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Reply
    • h

      you know, why don't you stick to your intolerant extremist illiterate militant islam ... your lack of sophistication is testament to your rotten Pakistan which is a failed nation state ... India might have its problems but India is tolerant and a democracy ... India does not persecute its minorities , India does not hide the likes of Osama ... And as a matter of fact your numbers are from the 1990 s ... The current numbers at 25% of the population .. the point being that India is improving ... hopefully you can see beyond your madrasa level education ( which i highly doubt ) .. if you can't then well all i have to say to you is Take Care

      July 23, 2011 at 1:53 am | Reply
    • @halfdickmullah

      lol..the bharatis are much better than the terrorist infested land of porkistan which is full of alqaedas , osamas, smelly burka walis and smelly and ugly bearded mullahs...yuck..hahaha

      July 27, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Reply
      • Donah

        Maybe that´s what Hillary meant but I´d better not repeat above mullah for reason of fear Porqistani mullas could take reprisals for being called "smelley".... Donah..//

        February 20, 2012 at 3:14 am |
    • Donah

      I´m not sure the claim is ligit....
      I was told by scientists that part of the Atlantico enclosed within the barra and Canteras beach of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria of the Islas Canarias of Spain was the biggest swimming pool in the world... So who is right..?? Can the Guinness Book of Records put some Light on this matter....?? Thank You.... Donah..//

      February 20, 2012 at 3:04 am | Reply
  6. hshiva

    Fareed I thought that you woule be above these comments. It looks like before even China can say anything, you want to start something.

    September 3, 2011 at 2:01 am | Reply
  7. Navi Sidhu

    Problem is that both nations are full of Hypocrates. I was born in India and love the country and proud to be "Indian" issue is the my own countrymen are more intrested in regional and relegious divides. If that can be eliminted and follow people like mr, Hazzare India will be force to reckon with, On other hand Pakistan as an independent state has share of problems that almost every religious state has, Since Relegion is about control and when the power is in the hand of corrupt politicians and who can easily be presuded by relegious leaders who are not only uneducated but are also living in dark ages. Islam as relegion is a progressive and does not teach or believe of how most of the Islamic nations are living today. Bottom line is that the oppression, lack of litracy and disrespect of humanity has been proven to be dimise of many civilizations and it will distroy the current one we are living in if we are not carefull with the current environment.

    September 4, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Reply
  8. Idiot

    Hillary looks like the Progressive Insurance lady.

    September 23, 2011 at 10:36 am | Reply
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    December 19, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Reply
  10. movers in dallas

    Hillary looks like the Progressive Insurance lady.

    January 8, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Reply

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