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Chinese FM gives stand of China on Asia-Pacific security issues at ASEAN forum
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11:24, August 02, 2007

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Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi Thursday gave a comprehensive outline of China''s stand and view on the security situation of the Asia-Pacific region.

Addressing the 14th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) held in the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Yang highlighted the need for countries in the Asia- Pacific region to adopt a new thinking on security and dumping the old thinking on security which had done a lot of harm in the past century.

Yang said peace, development and cooperation have remained the general trend in the Asia-Pacific region in the past year, as the economy in the region has maintained good momentum of growth and inter-dependence among Asia-Pacific countries is growing.

He said friendly exchanges among countries in the region have expanded and deepened, and the relations among major countries remain stable, citing the role being played by ASEAN Plus Three cooperation, as well as good interaction among the ARF, East Asia summit, Asia Cooperation Dialogue and APEC in promoting development and stability.

Yang also said the Six-Party Talks on the Korean Nuclear issue have yielded good progress, moving towards achieving the de- nuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

But Yang stressed that Asia-Pacific region still faces many challenges, including acute imbalance in the development, wide wealth gap, tensions and conflicts, non-traditional security issues, and problems concerning energy, resources, ecology and environment.

Yang pointed out that under the influence of the Cold War mentality, there is a trend among certain countries in the Asia- Pacific region towards building up bilateral military alliances to gain absolute military superiority over others.

"This undermines efforts to build political mutual trust, cause uncertainty to regional security and has become a source of concern to people,"he said, adding "Upholding and sustaining the hard-won peace in the Asia-Pacific region is an issue of critical concern to all of us."

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