China leader warns US, others over Asian security
Published on May 21, 2014 1:31 PM
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.
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