Thursday, Jul 31, 2014Thursday, Jul 31, 2014
Asia
 

China leader warns US, others over Asian security

Published on May 21, 2014 1:31 PM
 
Philippines Ambassador to china Erlinda Basilio (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands before the opening ceremony at the Expo Center at a summit in Shanghai on May 21, 2014. Mr Xi issued a veiled warning to the United States on Wednesday, saying countries should not build up military alliances in Asia, even as Beijing feuds with neighbours in territorial disputes. -- PHOTO: AFP  

SHANGHAI (AFP) - Chinese President Xi Jinping issued a veiled warning to the United States on Wednesday, saying countries should not build up military alliances in Asia, even as Beijing feuds with neighbours in territorial disputes.

Speaking at an Asian regional forum on security, Mr Xi said a rising China would seek "peaceful" means to resolve territorial disputes.

Beijing has sought to counter Washington's foreign policy "pivot" to Asia, but it has also irritated Vietnam, Japan and the Philippines - the latter two allies of the US - with what those countries say are aggressive moves in separate territorial disputes.

"To beef up an entrenched or military alliance targeted at a third party is not conducive to maintaining common security," Mr Xi said, without naming names.

 
If you are not a subscriber, you can get instant, unlimited access here
 

Videos