China's 2011 foreign policy puts greater emphasis on Asia

08:29, May 31, 2011      

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Over the last two weeks, China has seen a train of high-profile receptions for leaders and senior officials visiting from four major Asian nations, reflecting its greater emphasis on relations with neighboring countries.

Experts say China's foreign policy is becoming more active and open in the wider context of profound changes in the international and regional situation.


China has maintained frequent high-level contacts with other Asian nations and played a constructive role in Asian political affairs over the first half of this year.

During Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's visit to China, China recognized the tremendous efforts and sacrifices that Pakistan has made in fighting terrorism.

China and Pakistan agreed to strengthen coordination and cooperation on regional affairs such as the Afghanistan issue in a joint statement signed during the prime minister's visit.

DPRK leader Kim Jong Il expressed willingness to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula and improve relations with the Republic of Korea (ROK) during his most recent visit to China, which happened to be his third visit to the country in the past year.

He said the DPRK will stick to its objective of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula and believes that the six-party talks should be resumed.

During Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi's visit, China called on Iran to start a new round of nuclear talks with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (G5+1).

During Myanmar President Thein Sein's visit, China and Myanmar upgraded their relationship to a "strategic partnership" and inked economic agreements in a demonstration of improved ties between the two neighbors.

China also reaffirmed its respect for Myanmar's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and its support for Myanmar's development.

Zhao Qinghai, a researcher at the China Institute of International Studies, said that China's recent dealings and meetings have not only demonstrated respect and accommodation for its neighbor countries, but also helped to safeguard the common interests of Asia as a whole.

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Source: Xinhua
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