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China hosts Asia security forum with wary neighbours

Published on May 21, 2014 6:12 AM

SHANGHAI (AFP) - China hosts a little-known Asian regional forum on security on Wednesday keen to raise the event’s profile and show willingness to work with neighbours, despite recent disputes over maritime territory.

Chinese President Xi Jinping will present his vision of foreign policy, government officials say, a year into his term which has seen Beijing look to assert its interests in both continental Asia and the Pacific Ocean.

He will address the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), a relatively obscure forum which exists alongside other stronger regional groupings.

The presidents attending include Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Hassan Rouhani of Iran and Afghanistan’s Hamid Karzai.

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