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China’s defense chief urges unity, rejects hegemony; ‘ASEAN, China have wisdom to resist attempt to recreate Ukraine crisis in Asia’

Wei Fenghe, State Councilor and Minister of National Defense

China’s defense minister, who attended the 9th ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting Plus in Cambodia on Wednesday, called for global solidarity and fairness, not hegemony and division, and urged countries to implement global security initiatives and work together. He called for building strong barriers for defense. universal security. He also reaffirmed China’s conclusions on the Taiwan issue, stressing that the growth and strength of the Chinese military will always be favorable to world peace, but that the Chinese military has the confidence and ability to defeat the invaders.

Analysts say despite efforts by the United States and other outside forces to internationalize the Taiwan issue, China and ASEAN countries have the wisdom to prevent conflicts like those in Ukraine from erupting in Asia. pointed out that there is

Under the theme of “Solidarity for Harmonious Security”, the 9th ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting Plus (9th ADMM Plus) was held in Cambodia on Wednesday to promote regional and global security, stability and prosperity. Discussed how to strengthen it. Defense ministers from her ASEAN and its dialogue partners, including China, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Russia, Australia and the United States, attended the meeting.

Speaking at the 9th ADMM Plus, Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe said that because world peace and development are facing great challenges, the right way is to create a community that shares the future of mankind. I emphasized that it is to build The world has a future.

“We need solidarity rather than division, we need fairness rather than hegemony, we need openness rather than blockage, we need mutual benefit rather than selfishness,” Wei said, adding that nations should all be united. He noted the need to balance the concerns of the parties and jointly shape and maintain a regional order that serves their interests.

Observers said this was the Communist Party of China’s (CPC) first overseas visit after the 20th National Congress, and China attaches great importance to ASEAN in the field of defense and security, as well as bilateral relations. Meetings between China’s defense minister and ASEAN defense ministers show that external forces are stepping up efforts to withdraw military alliances and foment conflict, posing a growing threat to regional stability. It is extremely important because

After igniting the conflict between Russia and Ukraine through NATO’s eastward expansion and rising tensions between Russia and the West, the United States is poised to create similar seeds of turmoil in Asia, said Li Haidong, a professor at the Institute of International Relations at China University of Foreign Affairs. He said he was trying to Global Times.

Wei’s remarks are a response to interference from outside the region, especially from the United States, as China’s military experts have continued to provoke and agitate on topics such as the Taiwan issue and the South China Sea issue in the Global Times. said. Wednesday, requesting anonymity.

Confirmation of resolution of Taiwan issue

Wei also reiterated China’s position on the Taiwan issue, stressing that while China does not covet the interests of other countries, it is unwavering in its determination to protect its own interests.

He added that Taiwan is part of China, that solving Taiwan’s problems is China’s problem, and that the Chinese military is indomitable, steadfast, confident, and capable of defeating intruders.

During a meeting with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Tuesday,Wei sent a similar message, stressing that the Taiwan issue is the core of China’s core interests and the first insurmountable red line in Sino-US relations.

He emphasized that Taiwan is China’s Taiwan, and that the resolution of the Taiwan issue is the responsibility of the Chinese people themselves and does not allow foreign interference.

Wei also told Austin that China’s full reunification must and can be achieved, and that the Chinese military has the backbone, confidence and ability to resolutely defend national unity.

The situation on both sides of the strait has deteriorated, especially after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a highly provocative visit to Taiwan in early August, which has also caused concern for countries in the region.

Moreover, apart from trying to internationalize the Taiwan issue and propagating threat rhetoric against China, the United States has attracted smaller factions to push for the expansion of NATO’s military alliances into Asia and to establish military alliances in the Asia-Pacific region, including AUKUS. building. Analysts say it could lead to an arms race and more chaos.

How to deter external forces that fuel conflict in the region has become a pressing issue for China and ASEAN member states. As for the international community’s dissatisfaction with the US’ reckless role in Ukraine and other international affairs, ASEAN member states are paying more attention to US actions in the region, Li said.

China has shown its willingness and sincerity to actively exchange, communicate and cooperate with Southeast Asian countries in order to jointly safeguard the peace and stability of the region, including the island of Taiwan and the South China Sea. The area is also exposed, according to an anonymous expert. “With more cooperation and solidarity, there will be fewer loopholes for forces from outside the region to exploit,” the expert said.

At Wednesday’s meeting, Wei said China has always been committed to injecting stability and positive energy into the world. China’s peaceful development will provide new opportunities for world development and play a constructive role in safeguarding world peace and stability. China’s military is a peaceful army and hopes to continue to cooperate with other countries’ militaries to contribute to world peace.

China’s defense minister said security in Asia was stable, but there were concerns. At the meeting, he said that the defense departments of all countries should maintain ASEAN centrality, implement global security initiatives, focus on practical cooperation, and build solid barriers for universal security. He said we need to work together to do this.

Li said Wei’s participation in the ASEAN Military Ministers’ Meeting Plus demonstrated the consistency of China’s defense strategy. This strategy includes safeguarding domestic sovereignty, maintaining regional peace, and pursuing mutually beneficial relations with neighboring countries.

China’s defense minister’s regional cooperation and pursuit of common interests are actually the mainstream of defense ministers’ meetings. For example, Cambodian Defense Minister Thi Vine said Wednesday’s meeting was essential to discuss solutions to potential security challenges that threaten regional and global peace and development.

Experts say more ASEAN and Asian countries are paying close attention to ways to improve coordination to ensure regional prosperity, rather than following US precedent on controversial issues. Yes. Regional leaders also have the wisdom and ability to resist any attempt to disrupt regional stability.

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