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China, a friendly neighbor committed to common development

By Wang Lei (Xinhua)

13:37, January 03, 2012

BEIJING, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- China has for long dedicated itself to building friendship and partnership with its neighbors and pursuing common development, and it will stick to the policy in the future.

Beijing's commitment to creating an amicable, secure and prosperous neighborhood was on full display when Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping traveled to Vietnam and Thailand last December. The trip gave a strong boost to China's ties with the two nations as well as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Also last month, Chinese leaders hosted Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in Beijing, where the two sides pledged to further improve bilateral ties and make concerted efforts for regional peace and stability.

The recent diplomatic events rounded off a year of genuine efforts by China to enhance mutual understanding with its neighbors and achieve win-win progress against the backdrop of worldwide economic gloom and political turmoil.

Frequent high-level visits and constructive participation in regional and global summits bore witness to China's attachment. The region-wide robust economic growth gave body to China's commitment.

Many disputes do remain unsolved, such as those over the South China Sea. But on such issues, the Chinese government has adhered firmly to the principle of dialogue and cooperation and acted responsibly for the common good of all concerned.

Beijing's trustworthy approach has borne fruit. For example, China and the ASEAN adopted in July an agreement on the guidelines of implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC), taking a step forward on the complicated historical question.

Looking into the new year, China and its neighbors face daunting common challenges. Debt woes across the Atlantic are still looming over the world economy, and the effect of the drastic transformation in West Asia and North Africa is yet to reveal itself.

Meanwhile, the United States' high-profile "pivot" to Asia strategy, widely perceived as an attempt to counterbalance what Washington peddles as "China's rising influence" in the region, has further complicated China's neighborhood.

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PD User at 2012-01-05183.39.41.*
Like the saying goes, "Once a soldier, always a soldier". Hence @Srinivas presumably an Indian national is a puppet like it has been groomed to be puppet of the crown and later piggy-backs upon Uncle Sam, still as small as a doggy puppet. How to kick this cultural habit is a real challenge of it; alas, may be too hard on them all. For new year sake, please make a change to get out of the woods!
PD User at 2012-01-05113.210.230.*
I hope India will repeated his history that controlled by western. Are India will end up the same situation like Tunisia, Libya and Egypt. End up as puppet that shifted from Republican to Democrat . Serve different master every 10 yrs or less. YES MASTER.
Fu Man-chu at 2012-01-04173.254.192.*
Why don"t you lay off, "srinivas", you bl**dy American paid sock-puppet. We don"t like your continuous defaming China using the operative words you are instructed to use - "bully", "aggressive", "hegemonic", etc.. You seem to talking of your paymaster - Washington - and of yourself. You are nothing but a "peasant", cheap tradesman", and a low-life worm. If we get hold of you ...
South East Asian at 2012-01-04220.255.1.*
@Srinivas, please ask your small South West Asian neighbours whether the emerging Superpower India exhibit any bullying towards them before pointing the accusing finger at China. Aggressive posturing by China towards giant India? Did the Indian armour unit brag on the signboard recently in the Hindustan times that they will be Lhasa and Beijing soon... What about the decades long training of exiled Tibetan SFF commandos by the Indian RAW intelligence agency for guerrilla warfare work in China? Not to mention, the puppet Tibetan exiled government is housed in your country and the new deployments and creation of new mountain divisions, SU 30 MKI fighter bombers and nuclear tipped brahmos supersonic missiles on the Indo-Chini border. The India keeps boasting its ICBM could reach Beijing after completion of SSM tests. With this posturing, who need a friendly neighbour like India? In south east or south west Asia, India is never viewed as an innocent and honest neighbour / broker as she trying to portray as.
Xiongmao at 2012-01-0475.72.98.*
China definitely did the right thing to boosted its relationship with its neighbors with diplomacy instead of aggression like other countries around the world. We Should respect those who respect us.

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