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China fetes India, Myanmar, says Beijing poses no threat

Published on Jun 28, 2014 9:29 PM
 
Myanmar President U Thein Sein (right) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) inspect Chinese honour guards during a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 27, 2014. Chinese President Xi Jinping feted neighbours India and Myanmar on Saturday, June 28, 2014, dusting off the 60th anniversary of a now rather obscure agreement signed in the early days of the Cold War to pledge a rising China's commitment to peace. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (REUTERS) - Chinese President Xi Jinping feted neighbours India and Myanmar on Saturday, dusting off the 60th anniversary of a now rather obscure agreement signed in the early days of the Cold War to pledge a rising China's commitment to peace.

In 1954, China, India and Myanmar signed the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, promising mutual non-aggression and non-interference in internal affairs, ideals then incorporated into the Non-Aligned Movement of countries who did not wish to choose between the United States and the Soviet Union.

However, China's ties with both India and Myanmar, then known as Burma, soured in the 1960s, as China and India fought a border war and Myanmar's military rulers oversaw torrid anti-Chinese riots, events that mar relations to this day.

More recently, China's growing diplomatic and military clout has rattled nerves around the region, especially with Beijing's increasingly strident moves to assert itself in territorial disputes in the East China Sea with Japan and in the South China Sea with countries such as Vietnam and the Philippines.

 
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