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In a white paper which its stance on Asia–Pacific Security, China has stressed the need for small and medium-size countries in the region to refrain from siding with big powers.

Outlining China's concept of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security, the white paper explained the Chinese approach to achieving peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.

The policy package includes the promotion of common development; the building of partnerships; improvement of existing multilateral frameworks; rule-setting; military exchanges; and proper settlement of differences.

Noting the role that major countries in the region play in maintaining peace and development, the white paper urged them to reject the Cold War mentality, respect others' legitimate interests and concerns and to pursue positive interactions.

"Small- and medium-sized countries need not and should not take sides among big countries," the white paper said.

All countries should work toward a new dialogue system instead of confrontation, and pursue partnerships rather than alliances, according to the white paper.

China said it supported the creation of international and regional rules set through discussion with all countries concerned rather than being dictated by any particular country.

Rules of individual countries should not automatically become "international rules," and countries should not be allowed to violate the lawful rights and interests of others under the pretext of rule of law, according to the white paper.

China is prepared to take on greater responsibilities for regional and global security, and provide more public security services to the Asia-Pacific region and the world at large, it said.

The white paper said China will increase military exchanges and cooperation, which would support peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. China will build a strong national defense force that is commensurate with China's international standing.

"Its security and development interests is a strategic task in China's modernization drive, and provides a strong guarantee for its peaceful development. China's armed forces support the country's development and contribute to the maintenance of world peace and regional stability," the white paper said.

China remains committed to resolving disputes peacefully through negotiation and consultation and upholding peace and stability as well as freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea, the white paper said. (KB)

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  • Mason Friday, 13 January 2017 06:35 PM

    They do not sound sincere?. In their country the rules are imposed from top, not through discussion and cooperation with the people, Take the advise "with a pinch of salt".

    Thanos Friday, 13 January 2017 07:32 PM

    South China Sea has many Natural resources including oil and gas. Like the US support for multiple dictatorships around the world since 1945 China will do the same in the future. SL is one of Chinas targets.

    Dam Friday, 13 January 2017 10:35 AM

    Fly a kite .... who are they to control

    Premalal Saturday, 14 January 2017 07:04 AM

    Common currency for diverse economies would be a disaster. Giving leadership to China with a common currency would be the fast track to becoming a Chinese colony.

    Silva Friday, 13 January 2017 11:29 AM

    "Small- and medium-sized countries need not and should not take sides among big countries," Yes. That includes China.Stop working with Dictators and corrupt nations that oppress its people first...

    Shelly. Friday, 13 January 2017 11:30 AM

    Noting the fact that China too is big power. via DM Android App

    lankan Friday, 13 January 2017 11:38 AM

    Too late!

    Dee Friday, 13 January 2017 12:10 PM

    OMG! So we have to stop relations with china as well?

    Sam Friday, 13 January 2017 12:26 PM

    Wait and see. Remember the port city? Only a small example.

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 13 January 2017 12:28 PM

    In that case why are you refilling land and creating bases in the Pacific? You are the only nation in the world that supports banana republics and their dictators, why? The Spratly islands is closer to Philippines than China, however you are greedy and deny the small island to a equally small nation like Philippines while China itself has enough free main land the size of 1000 Spratly islands...why?

    Bala Friday, 13 January 2017 01:21 PM

    Yes you tried to get freehold land in Sri Lanka through bribing MR. Lease land is one thing but outright freehold means it is forever Chinese Territory and you have control of 200 miles of sea from border. You annexed Tibet and filled an island in South China Sea - expansionist Big Power.

    Silva Friday, 13 January 2017 03:26 PM

    Yes see how China is treating its neighbors...

    Don Friday, 13 January 2017 03:54 PM

    Is Taiwan OK How about Tibet via DM Android App

    Pf Friday, 13 January 2017 04:35 PM

    Like EEC countriesWe as Asians need to have such cooperation with all asian countries where leading part can be given to China if a common currency is introduced to Asia. via DM Android App


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