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Chinese communist leaders "have not yet stepped up to the responsibility of a major power" and so far have failed to understand "they actually have some responsibility for the maintenance of the global system," the Washington Times quoted Hayden as saying in an interview.
"When you go and essentially corrupt an island nation in the South Pacific with massive infusions of aid no matter how appropriately or inappropriately it will be used, and you strangle nascent democracies in their crib by doing so just so you can get that island nation's vote in the General Assembly, that's pursuing it for a very narrow base," Hayden said.
"If you want to be a great power, you've got be thinking more broadly, you cannot be acting just on those kind of narrow considerations," he said.