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Chi asks small Asian states not to take sides among majors

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  12 Jan 2017 12:00 AM GMT

Beijing, Jan 11: Chi on Wednesday asked small and medium-sized states of the Asia-Pacific region not take sides among big countries, and urged the major countries to shun what it called “Cold War mentality”.

“Small and medium-sized countries need not and should not take sides among big countries,” it said in a white paper and added that the major countries should reject the Cold War mentality.

Addressing the regiol concerns in a white paper, “Chi’s Policies on Asia-Pacific Security Cooperation”, it said it is prepared to take on greater responsibilities for regiol and global security and strives to achieve peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region and the world at large.

Issued by the State Council Information Office on Chi’s policies related to Asia-Pacific security cooperation, the white paper called for respecting others’ legitimate interests and concerns, and positive interactions, Xinhua news agency reported.

Chi said it supports the creation of a set of intertiol and regiol rules through discussion with all countries concerned rather than being dictated by any particular country.

In an oblique reference to the US, it said rules of individual countries should not automatically become “intertiol rules”, and countries should not be allowed to violate the lawful rights and interests of others under the pretext of rule of law.

“Chi has contributed to the generally stable relations among major countries in the region by maintaining positive interactions with the US, Russia, India and improving ties with Japan,” Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said at a press briefing. He also said that Chi will work with the new US administration on Asia-Pacific affairs to preserve peace, stability and prosperity in the region. Beijing also vowed to increase military exchanges and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. (IANS)

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