BEIJING: China on Tuesday hit out on the upcoming first-ever Quad summit to be hosted by US President Joe Biden, saying the formation of “unique cliques” concentrating on different international locations runs counter to the development of the occasions and is “doomed to fail”.
President Biden wouldin Washington which will probably be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia, and Japanese premier Yoshihide Suga.
Requested for his touch upon the upcoming Quad summit, Chinese language International Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian informed a media briefing right here that cooperation between the international locations mustn’t goal third events.
“It’s China’s constant perception that any regional cooperation mechanism ought to observe the development of peace and improvement, and assist promote mutual belief and cooperation amongst regional international locations fairly than goal a 3rd social gathering or undermine its pursuits,” Zhao mentioned.
“Forming closed and unique ‘cliques’ concentrating on different international locations runs counter to the development of the occasions and deviates from the expectation of regional international locations. It thus wins no assist and is doomed to fail,” he mentioned.
China just isn’t solely a significant engine of financial progress within the Asia-Pacific, but additionally a staunch defender of regional peace and stability, he mentioned.
“China’s improvement is a pressure for world peace and a boon for regional prosperity and improvement.
Related international locations ought to discard the outdated zero-sum mentality and narrow-minded geopolitical notion, view China’s improvement accurately and respect folks’s aspiration within the area and do extra that’s conducive to solidarity and cooperation of regional international locations,” he mentioned.
In November 2017, India, Japan, the US and Australia gave form to the long-pending proposal of organising the Quad to develop a brand new technique to preserve the essential sea routes within the Indo-Pacific freed from any affect.
In March, President Biden hosted the first-ever summit of the Quad leaders within the digital format that vowed to attempt for an Indo-Pacific area that’s free, open, inclusive, anchored by democratic values, and unconstrained by coercion, sending a delicate message to China.
The Quad summit will happen amidst China’s aggressive behaviour within the resource-rich South China Sea.
Beijing claims virtually all the 1.3 million sq. mile South China Sea as its sovereign territory.
China has been constructing army bases on synthetic islands within the area additionally claimed by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.