At the recent ASEAN Summit held in Manila, China has mentioned something extremely important, keeping in view the recent global political scenario.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson of China Geng Shuang mentioned in his speech that Beijing should not become a target for the US, Japan, India, and Australia.
China on Monday said the countries should work for a “free, open, prosperous and inclusive Indo-Pacific region”. In his speech, Geng Shuang also mentioned, “US-brokered proposal of these countries to ensure free and open ‘Indo-Pacific’… should avoid politicising or excluding some relevant parties.”
He added, “From China’s persistent foreign policy, we welcome the development of friendly cooperation between the relevant countries and we hope this kind of relations is not directed against any third party and we hope this kind of relations will be conducive to the regional peace and stability.”
It is visible that from some time now, the president of United States, Donald Trump has been using the term “Indo-Pacific” instead of Asia-Pacific, which is his signal that India is more important to the US when it comes to choosing between India and China.
Apart from this, Geng also explained that this is the time when nations should focus more on peace, development, and cooperation, citing it as the required trend which must be followed.