Obama Admits: It’s a Lot Harder to Call on China

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US President Barack Obama, while delivering speech atUnited States Military Academy, West Point in New York outlined the need for a coherent foreign policy in the ever changing global order.

Expressing concern over the challenges the US is facing on account of crises all over the world, Barack Obama said, "Modern pragmatism requires both a strong military and the diplomatic tools of alliances and sanctions to exert influence and provide global leadership. American isolationism is not an option."

Referring to the US as'the one indispensable nation, 'remarked, "US military action cannot be the only - or even primary - component of our leadership in every instance. Just because we have the best hammer does not mean that every problem is a nail. Today, according to self-described realists, conflicts in Syria or Ukraine or the Central African Republic are not ours to solve. Not surprisingly, after costly wars and continuing challenges at home, that view is shared by many Americans."

Regarding America's alleged soft posturing on China, Obama said, "American influence is always stronger when we lead by example. We cannot exempt ourselves from the rules that apply to everyone else.....It's a lot harder to call on China to resolve its maritime disputes under the Law of the Sea Convention when the United States Senate has refused to ratify it - despite the repeated insistence of our top military leaders that the treaty advances our national security. That's not leadership; that's retreat. That's not strength; that's weakness."

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