Obama says China using muscle to force countries into subordinate positions

United States President Barack Obama says his government is concerned about China’s use of muscle to in forcing other countries. “Where we get concerned with China is where it is not necessarily abiding by international norms and rules, and is using its sheer size and muscle to force countries into subordinate positions,” Obama said as quoted by Reuters.

“We think this can be solved diplomatically, but just because the Philippines or Vietnam are not as large as China doesn’t mean that they can just be elbowed aside,” Obama, who is in Jamaica, said.

Meanwhile, Obama’s Defense Secretary is in Asia to make progress and to discuss alliance with Japan and South Korea; and the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership.

TPP is a proposed regional regulatory and investment treaty where Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam have participated in talks. Philippines is positioning as a viable member of the Trans Pacific Partnership.