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Eyeing active role in regional and global diplomacy, China to push for SCO

China will host the SCO summit in the port of Qingdao in June

AP | PTI  |  Beijing 

Wang Yi
Wang Yi (Photo: https://twitter.com/CGTNOfficial)

wants an eight-nation group it and have dominated for its two-decade existence to be more active in regional and global and will push to facilitate that at the group's next summit, Yi said today.

The has a "bounden duty to maintain peace and stability in our region and beyond," told reporters at a news conference held on the fringes of the ceremonial legislature's annual meeting.

He said would work with the other members to help the group "meet expectations, take a clearer stand on major and regional issues and play a more active role in regional cooperation and global economic governance."

will host the SCO summit in the port of in June. The group also includes Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Pakistan, and China has sought to use it to ensure security along its Central Asian border, for example, by holding joint anti-terrorism exercises.

In affairs, however, it has been a relative lightweight, and the new emphasis announced by is in keeping with a Chinese push to broaden its global footprint with mega-projects such as the trillion-dollar Belt and Road infrastructure initiative.

Wang also emphasised what he called the key role played in China's more pro-active foreign policy by Xi Jinping, who is likely to remain leader indefinitely after the legislature lifts presidential term limits.

"Since 2012, has been the of China's major country He was personally involved in the planning and conduct of diplomacy, which by acclaim has been brilliant," Wang said.

Xi has visited 57 countries and received a more than 110 foreign heads of state, Wang said, citing Xi's "leadership and charisma." Those visits and meetings that "go a long way toward deepening the world's understanding of China, enhancing China's profile and influence, and facilitating the solution of many global problems," he said.

On the Korean Peninsula, Wang claimed success for China's proposal for a "dual suspension" of North Korean nuclear activities in return for a suspension of South Korea-US war games.

"This proves that China's proposal of suspension for suspension was the right prescription for the problem and created basic conditions for the improvement of inter-Korean relations," Wang said.

Pyongyang's security concerns should be addressed in return for a pledge to denuclearise, he said.

Wang also indicated he expects more countries would cut formal ties with Taiwan, which China claims as its territory. China has been steadily increasing political, diplomatic and economic pressure on to force Tsai Ing-wen to endorse its contention that the self-governing island democracy is a part of China.

"To establish diplomatic relations with the government of the People's Republic of China that is the sole legal government to represent all China and conduct normal cooperation is apparently a right choice that conforms to the tide of times," Wang said.

First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 13:20 IST
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