Beijing, Jan 19: Chi on Friday downplayed a US vy official’s comments that Beijing is a “disruptive force”, wondering why Washington worries about Beijing’s rise so much. A day after the US, India, Japan and Australia expressed concerns over Chi’s increasing assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region and other intertiol waters, Beijing said it was pursuing the “path of peaceful development”.
To US Pacific Command chief Admiral Harry Harris’ remark at a discussion forum in New Delhi that Chi was “disruptive force” in the Indo-Pacific region, Beijing said it was not surprised as such comments have been made earlier too. “This is not the first time these people make such kind of comments and remarks,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said. At the dialogue forum organised by a New Delhi-based think tank and the Indian government, vy officials of India, Japan and Australia discussed Chi’s increasing presence in the intertiol waters. “In the intertiol order, we maintain to build intertiol relations of mutual respect and equality and cooperation. To pursue the development of such kind of intertiol relations, we will not feel the relevant people should feel worried. (IANS)