Washington: Rise of China is not a threat and the US doesn't seek to contain its rise, instead America welcomes the rise of a prosperous and successful China that plays a constructive role in global affairs, a senior Obama Administration official said.
   
"We welcome the rise of a prosperous, successful China that plays a growing role in world affairs consistent with global rules, global norms and institutions, and a China that's committed to advancing a positive bilateral relationship with us," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said.
   
The US does not see China's rise as a threat, nor does it seeks to contain China's rise, he said.
   
"Any statement by China where it elaborates its intentions geo-strategically is welcome, but we continue to hope that we can have more military transparency," Nuland said.
   
Meanwhile, a key Republican Congressman has said that while China is rising and prospering they have many challenges - one of the biggest is 1.4 billion people, many of whom are still living in poverty and a great many of whom are starting to get restless as they see significant portions of the country begin to prosper they want a part of that.
   
"And if they don't have it, they're going to have a hard time supporting the regime," said Congressman Adam Smith, ranking member of House Armed Services Committee.
   
"They have huge environmental concerns. The one-child policy is now leading to a coming population challenge. So there are reasons for unrest and of course as every nation that I have ever been aware of, nationalism is one of the ways that you try to control unrest.
   
"You make people believe in the country, believe in a greater China or, you know, in the case of the US, in the greatness and the exceptionalism of the US. Whatever it is, you try to convince the people about the importance of nationalism," he said.
   
"That can bring unity, but when you are talking about nationalism as China is in terms of, you know, the one-China policy, it can lead the country and the people to feel like, yes, you're right, we do have to be a greater power. That can lead to bad policy decisions. So there is cause for concern; we have to try and balance that," Smith said at a think tank last week.

"The other big thing that we have to try and balance is when you say that the US needs to be present in Asia, you have to balance two very conflicting ideas there. One is, in being present with Asia we want to work with China. We want China to succeed. And that has to be a very important point that we emphasize over and over again," Smith said.
   
"It is in our best interests for China to be successful. We don't want a great deal of instability there that leads them to have to, you know, look to nationalism in order to unite the country. We want them to be prosperous. At the same time, the other thing that being present in Asia means is all of the other countries in Asia," the Congressman said.
   
"We have a lot of friends in that region. And one of the biggest reasons that people want us there is as an effective counterbalance to China so that China will not think that it can throw its weight around, whether you're talking about the South China Sea in terms of some of the conflicts with Vietnam or with Taiwan or with Japan - so that they will see a counterbalancing power," he said.

(Agencies)