(N.B. This article is an abbreviated version of the one carried by the website Huanqiu.com (http://niasindiainchina.in/2020-10-14/wang-yi-u-s-indo-pacific-strategy-undermines-prospects-for-peace-and-development-in-east-asia/ ), which was a reproduction of the version put out on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website in Chinese (http://niasindiainchina.in/2020-10-13/wang-yi-u-s-indo-pacific-strategy-undermines-prospects-for-peace-and-development-in-east-asia-2/ ). The omissions in the Global Times (English) version below are shown in strike-out format to facilitate comparison.)
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here on Tuesday that the so-called Indo-Pacific strategy proposed by the United States would undermine peace and development prospect in East Asia.
In response to a question on the impact of the US Indo-Pacific strategy on the East Asia cooperation, Wang told a joint press conference with Malaysian Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein that East Asia is the most dynamic region in today’s world, and is also the economy with the biggest potential going forward.
The success of this region over the years is attributable to its adherence to the Asian values of solidarity and cooperation and to the trend of globalization and the right path of multilateralism and to an ASEAN-centered architecture of regional cooperation. In the face of a century of changes and global epidemics, we must continue to adhere to these proven values and modes of cooperation so as to maintain the hard-won peace and stability in East Asia and promote its sustainable development and prosperity.
Wang pointed out that the Indo-Pacific strategy proposed by the United States is in essence aimed at building a so-called Indo-Pacific “new NATO” underpinned by the quadrilateral mechanism involving the United States, Japan, India and Australia.
The strategy is to trumpet the old-fashioned Cold War mentality to stir up confrontation among different groups and blocs and to stoke geopolitical competition, in a bid to maintain the dominance and hegemonic system of the United States, he said.
The strategy contravenes the spirit of mutual benefit and win-win spirit that has been pursued by East Asia cooperation, impacts the regional cooperation architecture with ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) at the center and it will eventually undermine the prospect of peace and development of East Asia, he said.
Wang further pointed out that the strategy itself is a big underlying security risk. If being forced forward, it would not only wind back the clock of history, but also mark the beginning of danger, so he believes that all parties could see this clearly and will stay vigilant against it.
Wang Yi emphasized that the future and destiny of a region should be determined by the people of the region. East Asian countries have the right to realize their own development and stability and the right to pursue an independent and autonomous foreign policy. As an important member of East Asia and good neighbor and partner of ASEAN, China firmly supports ASEAN’s development and revitalization and ASEAN’s central position in regional cooperation and is firmly committed to peace and stability in East Asia. We will continue to implement the concept of neighbourhood diplomacy based on affinity, sincerity and inclusiveness and make positive contributions to lasting peace and development in the East Asian region.