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Chi must respect neighbours' interests too: Daily

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  28 Sep 2017 12:00 AM GMT

Beijing, Sept 27: Chi must show skills while tackling disputes with neighbouring countries and “respect the interests of our neighbours” while sticking to “our principles”, a Chinese daily has said.

“Chi needs strategic skill to maintain its overall cooperative relations with these countries while tackling disputes,” said a commentary in the state-run Global Times attributed to an “Observer”.

“Chi needs to deter but keep things friendly. We must stick to our principles but respect the interests of our neighbours,” the commentary added. Asking what the key intertiol challenges were on Chi’s path, it said: “Due to various frictions in Chi’s neighbourhood in recent years, Chinese public opinion about some neighbouring countries has deteriorated with calls on Chi to hit back at a few of them.” Without taking any country’s me, the commentary said that “a few neighbours take it as an opportunity to play hardball in solving their maritime and land disputes with Chi. “They deem Chi (is) unwilling to incur unnecessary troubles and meanwhile the US has shown evident intent to counter Chi’s rise.” It said the Chinese society needs to understand these frictions and refrain from taking them as Beijing’s major strategic challenges.

“Chi has to patiently differentiate between the peripheral frictions and US pressure... “Chi should safeguard its sovereignty and avoid confrontation between peripheral sovereignty disputes and efforts to ease intertiol strategic pressure that hamper Chi’s rise. This is our basic tactic. “Friction with our neighbours can often capture wide attention and arouse a public outcry for a tougher stance by Chi.” (IANS)

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