“The Asia-Pacific is a promising land for cooperation and development, not a chessboard for geopolitical contest,” said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi raising the question why exactly is the US trying to create another NATO in the region?
The underlying purpose of the US policy in the Indo-Pacific area, according to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, is to construct a new incarnation of NATO, reminding the White House that any endeavor to do so would be blocked.
Wang cautioned Washington from behaving in a way that would produce unrest in the region amidst territorial disputes among China and other countries, speaking on the sidelines of the 13th National People’s Congress on Monday.
“The Asia-Pacific is a promising land for cooperation and development, not a chessboard for geopolitical contest,” Wang said.
Critiquing the US, Wang said that the US strategy is primarily focused at maintaining supremacy in the region via “bloc politics,” which Beijing appears to believe will weaken the ASEAN political and economic union that is already in existence.
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In addition to addressing regional issues, China’s top diplomat emphasized that Beijing is ready and eager to assume a constructive involvement in the confrontation between Russia and Ukraine, proposing to organize peace negotiations and serve as a mediator with the international community.
“We must adhere to the principle of indivisible security and accommodate the legitimate security concerns of the parties involved,” Wang said, adding that disputes must be settled “by peaceful means through dialogue and negotiation.”
He stated that there was a necessity to “put in place a balanced, effective and sustainable European security mechanism.”
Along with China’s proposal of assistance, Wang stated that Beijing will seek to assist Ukrainians affected by the crisis, with the Chinese Red Cross Society preparing to deploy urgent humanitarian assistance to the European country shortly.