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China slams US Indo-Pacific strategy as 'hegemonic'

Jan 14. 2021
Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian takes questions at a regular media briefing in Beijing on Aug 14, 2020. (PHOTO / FMPRC.COM.CN)
Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian takes questions at a regular media briefing in Beijing on Aug 14, 2020. (PHOTO / FMPRC.COM.CN)
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By China Daily/ANN

BEIJING - A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Wednesday that America's Indo-Pacific strategy is in essence a strategy of hegemony and that the United States should abandon Cold War and zero-sum thinking.

Spokesperson Zhao Lijian made the remarks in response to a recently declassified document of America's Indo-Pacific strategy at a regular news briefing.

The report highlights the Cold War mentality and military confrontation, which goes against the mutually-beneficial spirit of regional cooperation, runs counter to regional people's aspiration for peace, stability and development, and threatens regional prospects of peace and development, Zhao said.

"We believe countries in the region are clear-headed and vigilant enough not to be hijacked onto the US chariot or be used as a tool to maintain US hegemony," said Zhao, noting that the United States is keen to form cliques and factions and adopt dishonorable tactics such as provoking dissensions.

Noting that it is a serious breach of the US government's solemn commitment on Taiwan to China, Zhao said there is only one China in the world and Taiwan is an inseparable part of China.

He added that the report maliciously distorts China's neighborhood diplomacy and hypes up the so-called "China threat." 

"As a responsible member of the Asia-Pacific, China actively practices a neighborhood diplomacy of amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness, making important contributions to regional peace, stability and prosperity," said Zhao.

The United States should respect China's core interests and major concerns, step up communication and dialogues with China to properly manage and control differences, and help make the Asia-Pacific a stage for mutually-beneficial cooperation instead of an arena for major power rivalry, he added. 

Zhao also said that the United States should abide by the one-China principle, the three China-US joint communiques, and stop all official exchanges and military ties with Taiwan.

He made the remarks when responding to a reporter's question about the US State Department's confirmation that a planned visit to Taiwan by the US Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft had been canceled.

Zhao said that he and his colleagues had repeatedly stated China's solemn position in recent days on the planned visit to Taiwan by Craft. 

"I'd like to stress again that China is firmly opposed to any form of official exchanges between the United States and Taiwan. This position is consistent and clear," he said.

"China will continue to take necessary measures to safeguard its sovereignty and security interests," he added.

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