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Xi warns against chaos in region

(China Daily)

08:32, April 08, 2013

President Xi Jinping arrives at the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2013 in Boao, Hainan province, on Sunday. Wu Zhiyi / China Daily

No country should be allowed to damage world peace or throw a region into chaos for selfish gains, President Xi Jinping said on Sunday.

The remark shows China's determination to maintain regional peace as tensions in northeastern Asia run high, analysts said.

"Countries - big or small, strong or weak, rich or poor - should all contribute their share in maintaining and enhancing peace," Xi said at the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2013, which attracted more than 2,500 political and economic leaders from around the globe.

Stability in Asia faces challenges as new issues keep emerging while traditional security threats still exist, he said.

The global village should be a stage for common development, rather than "an arena where gladiators fight each other", he said, calling for the international community to advocate a vision of comprehensive, common and cooperative security.

Xi's comments came as the Foreign Ministry said on Sunday that China will secure the legitimate rights and safety of its citizens and businesses in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Pyongyang told foreign embassies to consider the possibility of evacuation if tensions flare up, diplomatic sources said on Friday.

"The Chinese embassy in the DPRK is still operating normally," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said in a written statement.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in a phone call with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday that China opposes provocative words and actions from any party in the region and "does not allow any troublemaking on China's doorstep".

Huang Youfu, a professor of Korean studies at Minzu University of China, said Chinese officials' remarks send a clear signal to other parties to refrain from fanning flames and get back to talks.

"Washington and Tokyo have taken the stoking of tension as an excuse to deploy cutting-edge weapons in northeastern Asia," Huang said.

The US is considering deploying Global Hawk unmanned high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft at a military base in Japan to enhance surveillance over the DPRK, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said on Saturday.

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