News ID: 275487
Published: 0306 GMT October 13, 2020

China warns Asian nations to guard against US strategy of sowing division

China warns Asian nations to guard against US strategy of sowing division
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Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein (R) greets China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi before their meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on October 13, 2020.

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on Asian nations to remain “vigilant” in the face of US strategy of fueling geopolitical tensions in the South China Sea and other parts of the region.

Speaking at a joint press conference with his Malaysian counterpart, Hishammuddin Hussein, on Tuesday, Wang further described Washington’s Indo-Pacific strategy as a “security risk” to East Asia, Press TV reported.

“What it pursues is to trumpet the old-fashioned Cold War mentality and start up confrontation among different groups and blocks, and stoke geopolitical competition,” the Chinese foreign minister said, referring to the US.

“I believe all parties see this clearly and will stay vigilant against it,” he added during his short visit to Malaysia as part of his current tour of Southeast Asian countries.

“We (China and Malaysia) are both of the view that the South China Sea should not be a ground for major power wrestling teeming with warships,” the top Chinese diplomat further said.

“China and ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) have full capacity and wisdom, as well as responsibility to maintain peace and tranquility in (the) South China Sea,” he added, noting that Beijing and ASEAN member nations should work together to remove “external disruption” in the key waterway.

The Malaysian foreign minister also said during the press briefing that disputes over the South China Sea had to be resolved peacefully through regional dialog.

China, which has for years warned against military maneuvers by the US and its regional allies in the disputed South China Sea, says the strategic waterway and maritime boundaries in it are a regional affair and extraterritorial interference should be disallowed.

The remarks by Wang came just days after China’s military censured another intrusion of a US warship into its territorial waters near the disputed Xisha Islands in the South China Sea without authorization from Beijing and demanded an end to “such provocative actions”.

On October 6, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed what he claimed was China’s “exploitation” in the region while conceding that Washington sought to halt Beijing’s influence “in the South and East China Seas, the Mekong, the Himalayas, the Taiwan Strait”.

 

Arms sales

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Also on Tuesday, China’s Foreign Ministry said it would make a “legitimate and necessary” response to further US arms sales to Taiwan, after sources said the White House was moving forward with three sales of advanced weaponry to Taiwan, according to Reuters. 

The US should immediately halt all weapons sales to Taiwan, the ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a daily news briefing in Beijing.

The US is reportedly moving forward with three advanced weapons sales to Taiwan.

Back in September, Reuters reported that the US President Donald Trump’s administration was pushing for the sale of seven large packages of weapons to Taiwan.

The packages, including long-range air-to-ground missiles, would be one of the largest weapon sales to the self-ruled island in recent years.

On Monday, the White House provided an informal notification of the proposed sales to Congress for approval, sources familiar with the situation told Reuters on the same day.

The notifications were of three of the seven planned weapons sales, including cruise missiles that are fired from aircraft and are designed to strike ground targets, external sensor pods for F-16 jets and a long-range rocket artillery system that can strike targets up to 190 miles away.

The three weapons had already been approved by the State Department which oversees weapons sales.

Notifications of the sale of other weapons systems, the report said, are expected to be delivered to congress soon.

“As a matter of policy, the United States does not confirm or comment on proposed defense sales or transfers until they are formally notified to Congress,” Reuters quoted a State Department spokesman as saying.

The committees of the US Senate Foreign Relations and House of Representatives Foreign Affairs, to which the informal notification was sent, have the right to review, and block, weapons sales under an informal review process before the department sends its formal notification to congress.

In a reaction to the reports, the Chinese Embassy in Washington called on the Trump administration to stop arms sales to and military ties with Taiwan, “lest it should gravely harm China-US relations and cross-strait peace and stability”.

“China consistently and firmly opposes US arms sales to Taiwan and has firm resolve in upholding its sovereignty and security,” an embassy representative said in a statement.

China, which considers Taiwan as a breakaway province that should be reunited with the mainland, firmly opposes any relations between Washington and Taipei.

Under the internationally-recognized “One China” policy, almost all world countries – including the US – recognize Chinese sovereignty over the self-ruled island.

 

 

   
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Resource: Press TV
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