President Obama went out of his way Tuesday to deny his administration is working to “contain” China, with its growing economic and military power in Asia and around the world. 

The Chinese are suspicious of the president’s Asia trip, which does not include a visit to China. It does, however, include every major economic and strategic competitor to China in the region: India, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan, all of which are Asian democracies.

Many analysts believe containment, or something close to it, is the administration’s long-term strategy. Containment was a U.S. foreign policy tool born in the Cold War, when the U.S. recruited allies in Europe and elsewhere to check the power of the Soviet Union.

“The arc of Obama’s (Asia) trip has offered the suggestion that as the United States changes its strategic focus, it will shift its attention toward China,” foreign policy research firm Stratfor said in a note to clients today. “Washington has become convinced that it needs to accelerate the process of developing regional counterweights to China.”

Ahead of meetings with Chinese officials this week at the G-20 summit, the President denied his administration is trying to contain China.

“We think China being prosperous and secure is a positive,” he said at a press conference in Indonesia. “We're not interested in containing that process. We want China to continue to achieve its development goals.”

But he added, “We do want to make sure that everybody is operating within an international framework and sets of rules in which countries recognize their responsibilities to each other.”