Obama said the U.S. does not "contain" China In his Tokyo speech, President describes his approach to the Pacific Rim. Noting his family connection with Asia, focuses on his desire to his cooperative relationship with China.
Obama said the U.S. has no wish to "contain" China, a strategy that grew out of the Cold War era when the American government strove to block the spread of communism. "I know there are many who question how the United States perceives China's emergence," he said. "But, as I have said, in an interconnected world, power does not need to be a zero-sum game, and nations need not fear the success of another. Cultivating spheres of cooperation -- not competing spheres of influence -- will lead to progress in the Asia Pacific."
Obama half-hour speech to the concert hall was warmly received by the audience of some 1,500 Japanese. It was interrupted by applause more than a dozen times, and he got a standing ovation at the end. Weaving in parts of his autobiography, Obama said his family roots in Asia, giving him a unique perspective among the presidents of the United States.