United States: The US-Indo Pacific Strategy has been criticised by China’s foreign minister Qin Gang, who said that it is “certain to fail” since it was developed as a means of forming “exclusive blocs” and planning an Asia-Pacific version of NATO.
“While apparently striving to defend freedom and openness while keeping security and maintaining prosperity in a region, the US-Indo Pacific policy is actually an effort to band together to build exclusive blocs in order to trigger a clash by scheming as an Asia Pacific equivalent of NATO,” said Gang in the press conference, which was posted by Xinhua News Agency.
“The US claims to be able to influence the strategic environment in which China operates, but its Indo-Pacific strategy actually serves the purpose of encircling China.
Such an attempt would only disrupt the ASEAN-centred, open, and inclusive regional cooperation architecture and would be detrimental to the overall and long-term interests of the region’s nations. It must fail, he continued.
In addition to being Qin’s first appearance in two sessions since taking office three months ago, the press conference was held during the opening session of the 14th National Press Conference.
The Chinese Foreign Minister earlier stated that China and Russia’s relationship set a positive example for world relations and is built on no alliance and no confrontation, according to Global Times.
A good example of large country relations featuring strategic trust and good neighbourliness has been found, according to Gang, between China and Russia.
“The relationship between China and Russia is not built on an alliance, there is no hostility, and no one else is the objective. It poses no threat to any nation, and no outsiders are interfering with it or sowing division,” he continued.
The Chinese Foreign Minister added that certain nations have a propensity to view relations between China and Russia through the prism of Cold War alliances, seeing only their own image.
In addition, he said during the press conference that China and Russia working together will provide the globe with the impetus for multi-polarity and greater democracy in world politics. Moreover, stability and strategic balance on a global scale will be better protected.
It is more important than ever for China and Russia to steadily advance bilateral relations, according to Qin.
Qin observed that the two nations’ leaders continue to be in regular contact. According to Global Times, head-of-state exchanges serve as both the compass and the anchor of China-Russian relations.