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Attempts to alienate China and ASEAN doomed to fail

(Xinhua)

08:03, August 14, 2012

BEIJING, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Beijing supports a more integrated ASEAN and any deliberate attempt to smear China's positive role in maintaining the unity of the regional bloc is doomed to failure.

In a lengthy story published Monday, Reuters alluded that Beijing is intentionally "keeping ASEAN splintered" as that would "suit its strategy on the South China Sea."

Reuters, along with other Western media, is stoking mistrust and enmity between China and its close neighbors and is hoping for a break-up of the 45-year cooperative mechanism.

It fails to recognize that China, as a large country and the world's second-biggest economy, has a major stake in safeguarding peace and stability in the region.

To see its neighbors at loggerheads with each other, undermining the political and economic power of the involved countries, would be the last thing that Beijing wants.

ASEAN in recent years has become China's third largest trade partner, just after the European Union and the United States, and China is ASEAN's biggest trade partner.

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