China’s Wang Yi criticizes the US Indo – Pacific strategy ahead of the Quad summit
China’s Wang Yi criticizes the US Indo – Pacific strategy ahead of the Quad summit

China’s Wang Yi criticizes the US Indo – Pacific strategy ahead of the Quad summit

Following negotiations in Guangzhou, China, Pakistani foreign ministers call for ‘all outstanding disputes’ in South Asia to be addressed

Following negotiations in Guangzhou, China, Pakistani foreign ministers call for ‘all outstanding disputes’ in South Asia to be addressed

Ahead of Tuesday’s meeting between the India, US, Australia and Japan Quad grouping in Tokyo, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has slammed the US Indo-Pacific strategy and accused Washington of trying to sow discord in the region.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday after talks with Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, Wang said the strategy was “composed by the United States under the banner ‘freedom and openness'” and Washington was “keen to unite with ‘small circles’ and change China’s neighborhood environment.

His comments came just before Tuesday’s Quad meeting in Tokyo, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi was to attend. Some Chinese officials have called the group a “small circle” and part of an attempt to create “an Asian NATO”, an accusation that its members have rejected, pointing to the group’s varying cooperation and that India is not a treaty ally. with the United States.

Wang also targeted the new Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF), to be unveiled by US President Joe Biden in Tokyo on Monday. Wang asked if the framework was “a political tool for the United States to maintain regional economic hegemony and deliberately exclude specific countries.” “Is the United States politicizing, arming and ideologizing economic issues and using economic means to force regional countries to choose sides between China and the United States?” he told reporters, adding that “attempts to create camps, a NATO or a Cold War in the Asia-Pacific will not succeed.”

In the Guangzhou negotiations, China and Pakistan called for “all outstanding disputes” in South Asia to be addressed and proposed expanding the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project to Afghanistan. A joint statement said that “resolving all outstanding disputes to promote regional cooperation” is crucial in the light of ongoing challenges such as “the global pandemic, soaring commodity prices, climate change and poverty.”

The joint statement did not specify which disputes, but added that the Pakistani Foreign Minister “briefed the Chinese side on the latest developments in Jammu and Kashmir”, and “the two sides stressed the importance of a peaceful solution to the UN Charter-based conflict, relevant Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreements. “

The talks also discussed ongoing Chinese projects in Pakistan and security issues in the wake of last month’s attack on a Confucius Institute in Karachi, which killed three Chinese teachers and was claimed by a Baloch group. Both sides discussed ways to increase security, officials said.

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