China a strong, prosperous nation, says Obama (Lead)

Shanghai, Nov 16 ( The US does not seek to contain China’s rise, visiting US President Barack Obama said here Monday, adding that China was a “strong and prosperous and successful member of the community of nations”.

Obama made the remarks during a dialogue with Chinese youth in the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum in the country’s economic hub here.

He said the world is fundamentally interconnected.

“The jobs we do, the prosperity we build, the environment we protect and the security we seek are all shared,” Xinhua news agency quoted Obama as saying.

“One country’s success does not come at the expense of another.”

Obama said that the US would further expand its youth exchanges with China by expanding the number of students studying here to 100,000.

He said young people are the best ambassadors and that cooperation between the countries should go beyond governments.

The US president arrived in Shanghai Sunday night and met officials Monday morning. He is to leave for Beijing in the afternoon.

This is his first visit to China since taking office.