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China moots framework for non-traditional security

Premier Li urges region to boost cooperation for stability, prosperity

Published on Apr 11, 2014 8:03 AM
File photo of Chinese premier Li Keqiang when he delivered his report during the opening session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC) in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 5, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

Seeking to expand its influence in Asia beyond economic ties, China has proposed setting up a regional security cooperation framework to tackle non-traditional security challenges.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang made the call yesterday in his keynote speech at the Boao Forum for Asia, urging Asian countries to "jointly fulfil their due responsibilities to achieve peace and stability" essential to regional prosperity and development.

"We should promote security dialogue and consultation, strengthen cooperation on non-traditional security issues, including disaster management, maritime search and rescue, counter-terrorism and combating transnational crimes," said Mr Li.

For China's part, he said, it will stay committed to peaceful means to resolve territorial disputes with other Asian states.

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