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Charting a course to peace (3)

By Zhao Shengnan (China Daily)

11:00, December 31, 2011

Meanwhile, US efforts to strengthen its economic and security foothold in the Asia-Pacific region, the fastest-growing area in the world, have been widely interpreted as trying to counterbalance China's clout in the region, which has complicated the issue by introducing a new variable to the regional landscape, Zhang said.

Several high-ranking US officials have publicly voiced their determination to interfere in the South China Sea, which only added fuel to the fire, Zhang said.

"Out of security consideration, China's neighboring countries always hedge their bets and join various alliances to counterbalance any power's strength in the region," said Zhu Feng, a professor of international relations at Peking University.

Yet dialogue and cooperation are the most realistic and effective ways to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea, said Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin on Dec 19 at a DOC seminar.

"China sincerely hopes to work with ASEAN countries to make the South China Sea a sea of peace, friendship and cooperation for the benefit of all countries," he said.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a news briefing on Friday that China will endeavor to increase cooperation and mutual trust, settle differences and problems and establish stronger ties with its neighbors.

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